Sunday, July 25, 1993

Sonny Sharrock and Marc Ribot - Hartford, CT - 1993-07-25

Sonny Sharrock and Marc Ribot at the Real Art Ways Jazz Festival, Hartford, CT, July 25, 1993.

We were turned on to Sonny through his Bill Laswell-produced record, Ask the Ages, which featured Pharaoh Saunders and Elvin Jones as sidemen. To our ears, the first great record of the 90s...

The show this download is taken from was part of a free festival put on by a community arts organization in Hartford, CT, Real Art Ways and was held in an inner-city park whose name escapes us now...Marc Ribot was the opener but we've never been able to get our hands on a recording of his set.

This line-up is much different than the Ask the Ages crew, more of a hard-rock meets free-jazz band called Highlife. No matter who you team him with, though, Sonny's outrageous approach to the guitar (he called himself, "a horn player with a really fucked up axe") cuts through.

Sonny died of a heart attack within less than a year of this show. We were lucky enough to catch him before that happened, though. Music from that show in a future post...

If you have Marc Ribot's set from this show, please let me know or send it to me here.

Thanks and enjoy.

Sonny Sharrock and High Life, July 25, 1993.