A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves as he regales them with stories of his travels, tales that are at odds with their conventional middle-class perspective on the world.
Ask the Ages is Sonny Sharrock's masterpiece, and sadly it was also the last album he would record before his premature death in 1994. It's the most challenging jazz work he recorded as a leader, and it's the clearest expression of his roots as a jazz player, drawing heavily on Coltrane's modal post-bop and concepts of freedom. To that end, Sharrock reunites with Coltrane's old cohort, Pharoah Sanders, who featured Sharrock on his wild Tauhid and Izipho Zam LPs; what's more, Coltrane Quartet drummer Elvin Jones is on hand, as is young bassist Charnett Moffett. It's far and away the best, most adventurous, and most jazz-oriented backing group Sharrock recorded with during his comeback, and the results are breathtaking.
Classy West coast AOR. Lush keys and fantastic guitars highlight this awesomely played album where the combination of producer/songwriter Clif Magness, guitar player Jay Graydon and keyboardis/producer Glen Ballard brings us a wonderful collection of songs. All songs are written by the creative songwriters – two time Grammy winner and 12 times nominated Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, arranger, engineer, and more – Jay Graydon, and his band partners Clif Magness and Glen Ballard.