passing in 1994 seems like just yesterday. Maybe it is because his inexhaustible larger-than-life sound still permeates the music of today's free jazz community. This recording, from 1987 is a hidden gem and treasured fragment, perhaps another Rosetta Stone that allows listeners to appreciate how the jazz and rock music worlds shattered into a million pieces in the 1960s, only to reconfigure into new and challenging ways.
Sharrock first met Peter Brötzmann in 1969, as the saxophonist relates in the conversation interview book with Gerard Rouy We Thought We Could Change The World (Wolke, 2014). The guitarist was touring as part of Herbie Mann
. The rest as they say is history. But is it rock history? Or free jazz history? Perhaps free-punk-rock-noise history best describes it.
This duo with Brotzmann may be the only available recording besides the LP only limited edition Fragments (Okka Disc, 2003) that was recorded in 1989. This session, from 1987 is another tour de force. Sharrock guitar playing, on first impressions is that he has the huge hands of a gloved soccer goalie. Yes, he can be blunt and edgeless with his sound, but also he carves tricky passages here not unlike those of Jimi Hendrix
. Sharrock matched up well with Brötzmann because he could command his guitar with the same bludgeoning effect the saxophonist held. His truncheon-on-truncheon sound here is an imagined meeting between Brotzmann and Albert Ayler