"…I don't think that 'first' is important, I think it's that it's the first time for you… I mean, that's what originality is all about, because the first sound made was all the music that's ever gonna be played, that's it, that sound, the first sound made had all the notes that there are, so there's nothing about being the first. But being original has to do with it never having been done this way …"
|"I've had guys come up to me… and tell
me how they were inventing new horns to get a new sound. But they never
said anything about getting some new feeling… I'd ask those people, 'Don't
forget the feeling. The music is about feeling.' …You have to think like
Coltrane, you know, and just say, 'I'm gonna blow my heart out in this
horn – every night.' And that's what music should be about."
~ Sonny Sharrock
copyright 1994 Margaret Davis,
Booklet materials compiled by Margaret Davis
Interview transcripts by Margaret Davis
compiled by Margaret Davis
and expanded by
Charles Blass, Bill Cawley,
& Ben Young
Layout / design (print version) by Charles Blass,
Margaret Davis, Barbara Frontera,
Laura Hickey, Andrew Hill,
Diane Huntzicker, and Kristian Roebling
Web production and design by Andrew Bemkey
Text production for the Web by Dina Elkan.
All rights and copyrights in the materials herein are reserved to their original sources; rights and copyrights in the booklet as a whole are reserved to Margaret Davis, (212) 841~O899, http://www.jazznewyork.org, Email firstname.lastname@example.org. All material is used by permission, and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.
This booklet has been produced by donated work and materials, out of love for Sonny Sharrock, Jasmyn Sharrock, Dannette Hill, and Mary McGuire, for all musicians who played with Sonny and who will play his music in times to come, and for our fellow booklet participants. Special thanks are due to: The Malcolm Morse Foundation; the Peace Brigades, Inc; Kristian Roebling; and Phil Schaap.
SPECIAL NOTE: Musicians who played with Sonny Sharrock, family members, childhood friends, & all others who feel so moved are invited to submit materials for possible inclusion here (subject to editorial choice). Articles, stories, poems, art work, & photos are welcome. Please feel free to use the contact information above!
Here is one wonderful story, submitted by
Angelo Falanga (AngeloFalanga@hotmail.com):