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Sonny Sharrock – Ask The Ages (1991, 2015 reissue)

Sonny Sharrock – Ask The Ages (1991, 2015 reissue)

For his last proper album, unsung guitar hero Sonny Sharrock fully opened up the spigot of his potential. ‘Ask The Ages’ is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Wayne Shorter’s masterpiece album Speak No Evil turns 50

Wayne Shorter’s masterpiece album Speak No Evil turns 50

More than any other album, ‘Speak No Evil’ is the reason why we often put that word ‘legend’ in front of Wayne Shorter’s name.

One Track Mind: Wayne Shorter, “Witch Hunt” (1964)

One Track Mind: Wayne Shorter, “Witch Hunt” (1964)

Kind Of Blue has long been touted as the best jazz album ever made, and I remain on that big bandwagon. But what’s the second best?

John Coltrane – Afro Blue Impressions (1977; 2013 reissue)

John Coltrane – Afro Blue Impressions (1977; 2013 reissue)

I’d argue that these 1963 concerts with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and and Elvin Jones are the first thing every emerging John Coltrane fan should experience, after buying all of the tried-and-true essentials.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Round Trip / Broadway Blues” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Round Trip / Broadway Blues” (1976)

Bright Size Life concludes with Pat finally tipping his hand on his love for Ornette Coleman.

One Track Mind: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Rip, Rig And Panic" (1965)

The history of jazz is a history of personalities; from the affable Satchmo, the showmanship of Diz, the gentlemanly ways of Ellington, to the intensely insular Miles. It seemed in most of these cases, the music reflected their personalities, too.

The John Coltrane Quartet – Africa/Brass (1961)

The John Coltrane Quartet – Africa/Brass (1961)

It’s perhaps no surprise that John Coltrane wanted to do something different upon moving to the Impulse label after a long association with Atlantic. No surprise, either, that it might be a recording with a larger aggregate behind him. That was, and is, the style of the day when jazzers seek to get out of the box a bit. LeaveRead More

Forgotten series: Duke Ellington and John Coltrane (1962)

To take the old-school harmonic brilliance of Duke Ellington into the realm of John Coltane — soon to establish himself as the picture of avant garde, stimulatingly free, out there in such a way as to legitimately draw comparisons with the spiritual — was, you imagine, a challenge of equal measure for both. Coltrane’s core band is joined by EllingtonRead More

One Track Mind: Larry Young, "The Moontrane" (1965)

by S. Victor Aaron Yesterday I was struggling to nail down a One Track Mind track to cover when Larry Young's Lawrence of Newark came up on the Pico Pod. Then I realized how much the organ players have been neglected from this series. If we're going to make amends here, then there's probably no better choice for highlight aRead More

One Track Mind: McCoy Tyner "Once I Loved" (1975)

by Pico Back when I was a young man in my twenties, I had frequent cravings for testosterone-driven jams—just like any young man does. But while some of my buds got their fix through the likes of Van Halen, AC/DC or Metallica, I often turned to McCoy Tyner. McCoy Tyner? Absolutely, why not. He’s brash, in-your-face, and percussive, just likeRead More

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