Stunning first time on vinyl for early-1990s album Ask The Ages, free-jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock’s final album featuring Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone and Elvin Jones, on drums — with Bill Laswell producing.
Solo bass records are not everyday events. That is not to say this is not welcome and is a chance to absorb yourself inside the technique and huge warm sound Grenadier has been producing for years but never as up close and personal as here. Overdubs are kept to a minimum and the tracks all have a certain sense to them, veering away from atmospherics more towards a strong rhythmic jolt and sense of momentum. Above all Grenadier knows how to harness tone in his cause.
A handsome record, the sound production is excellent, it has a rootsy flair as well as serious intent and is a must for all students of jazz bass.