Friday, July 30, 2010

Who Does She Hope To Be?

The interface between music and emotion, between human feeling and art...the acuteness of what is the human "condition" and how to it can be expressed?
Two of my favorite jazz artists collaborated in the early 1990's and created a body of work that sends me over the edge, every damn time I listen to any of it. Pharoah Sanders, the saxophonist and Sonny Sharrock, the guitarist. This was a cut off of the recording, Ask The Ages by Sonny Sharrock.
Today I did a bike ride with my ipod loaded with live Sonny Sharrock and Pharoah Sanders....There's a piece called Japan, which is sort of like the cave rock classic WildThing...three chords of gory glory, by Sanders which provided the emotional energy to push me over the hills between St. Robert and Ayen and back again! With their help and inspiration, I have achieved actual thinocity.......


Anonymous said...

Hi Microdot,

That is a fantastic piece. The first time I heard it was on a ghetto-blaster cd player. I immediately shut it off to play it on a better system and with volume. The guitar is hauntingly piercing. The sax, the upright bass and every brush stroke on the drums makes this piece stand alone.

Way to bring that one out.
Now, if you were to add Dick Dogs to your ipod, you would get an extra 25 km to your trip probably in flight.


Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Microdot,
What a great track. I have never heard of Sonny Sharrock nor Pharoah Sanders but you can be sure I will see if my library can get the CD’s in so I can listen to the whole recorded tracks. Good Pick and Educational too.

microdot said...

Mr.P...It's on my ipod. Now I gotta find Japan to post because it's kinda far as I know it's thonly cut I have ever heard with Pharoah Sanders singing. He's singing in something like japanese, I think...then he plays sax and Sonny takes a great solo...
This is like a lost genre of American jazz. It had so much freedom with in the discipline and skill that it scared people.
Of course, it could never be commercially exploited, the ideas were to free to be subverted, so it remains an esoteric branch on the tree of jazz with fruit that is getting rarer and rarer to find.

James Blood Ulmer? You like?
We'll find some stuff by him.
Bernie Nix? He was my lab partner in biology at Scott High Night School in Toledo. We dissected a fetal pig and became friends.
Both of these guys played with Ornette!
Ornette is the fountain of wisdom.
One day, I "got" the concept of harmelodic theory and I have never been the same.