A Big Influence

A Big Influence

2016-03-28

Sonny Sharrock is a big influence on how I approach improvisation. He breaks out of the traditional constraints of the guitar and lets the spirit flow. You can hear the breakdown of the barrier between “thinking it” and “sounding it.”

Often I return to this album, Ask the Ages, and listen for new inspiration. Each time, I come away with something new. I wish I could bring this type of ensemble playing into worship music. Instead of the musical worshipers speaking with words, they speak with sounds.

Here’s the full album courtesy of YouTube. If you want to read more about the album, check out its Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask_the_Ages