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Sonny Sharrock Ask The Ages 2LP 45rpm Vinyl Hive Mind Records Limited Edition 2019 EU

Artist: Sonny Sharrock
Title: Ask The Ages
Catalog Number: HMRLP005
Label: Axiom
Reissued by: Hive Mind Records
Barcode: 0604565264619
Original release year: 1991
Reissue year: 2019
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 45 rpm
Disc size: 12"
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 394gr
Pressing country: EU
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: August 5, 2019
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
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Sonny Sharrock's classic final album swings between deep lyrical melodicism and passages of pure fire music and features jazz legends Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone and Elvin Jones on drums. The album was produced by Bill Laswell and originally released on CD in 1991 by his Axiom label. Now on vinyl for the first time, this 2LP 45rpm sounds amazing.

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • First time on vinyl
  • 2LP cut at 45rpm for best sound quality
  • Mastered by Julian Tardo
  • At Church Road Studios, Hove

 

 

Hive Mind Records present the first vinyl issue of Sonny Sharrock's seminal final album, Ask The Ages, originally released on CD in 1991.

 

Sonny's classic final album swings between deep, lyrical melodicism and passages of pure fire music and features jazz legends Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone and Elvin Jones, member of the John Coltrane Quartet, on drums.

 

The album was produced by Bill Laswell and originally released on his Axiom label. The crystal-clear production sounds amazing on 45rpm and this release is a must for fans of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra.

 

 

"Ask the Ages is Sonny Sharrock's masterpiece, and sadly it was also the last album he would record before his premature death in 1994. It's the most challenging jazz work he recorded as a leader, and it's the clearest expression of his roots as a jazz player, drawing heavily on Coltrane's modal post-bop and concepts of freedom. To that end, Sharrock reunites with Coltrane's old cohort, Pharoah Sanders, who featured Sharrock on his wild Tauhid and Izipho Zam LPs; what's more, Coltrane Quartet drummer Elvin Jones is on hand, as is young bassist Charnett Moffett. It's far and away the best, most adventurous, and most jazz-oriented backing group Sharrock recorded with during his comeback, and the results are breathtaking. The compositions are all Sharrock originals, and all six have utterly memorable themes that often recall the sweeping lyricism of Sanders' most spiritual '60s works.


For his part, Sanders responds with some of his most ferocious playing in years, and Sharrock sounds vitally energized by the tenor's screeching passion. There isn't a wasted moment on the album, but particular highlights include the fiery, majestic opener, "Promises Kept," the searching ballad "Who Does She Hope to Be?," and the awe-inspiring blast-fest "Many Mansions," where Sharrock and Sanders both reach a blistering pinnacle. Listeners coming to Sharrock from rock & roll or his Space Ghost Coast to Coast soundtrack might find that Ask the Ages isn't the nonstop skronk-fest they expected; it's his overall musicality that's on display, but there's still plenty that will scare the bejeezus out of timid jazzbos. It's a tragedy that Sharrock didn't get much of a chance to expand on this achievement, but thankfully it exists in the first place." All Music, Steve Huey

 

 

Musicians:

 

Bass (Acoustic) – Charnett Moffett
Drums – Elvin Jones
Electric Guitar – Sonny Sharrock
Tenor /Soprano Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders

 

 

Track Listing:

 

1. Promises Kept
2. Who Does She Hope To Be?
3. Little Rock
4. As We Used To Sing
5. Many Mansions
6. Once Upon A Time

 

Click here to listen to samples on YouTube.com

 

 


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