It’s Herbie Mann’s birthday so check out this rare footage featuring Sonny Sharrock!

I’ll always dig Herbie Mann for having the nerve to add free jazz guitarist, Sonny Sharrock, to his band. That the very popular and established Mann, known for his smooth, and, years later, oft sampled grooves, would choose to put someone so adventurous and experimental into his successful combo, was a bold move. Somehow the marriage worked out great for the pair as they recorded four studio records and one live LP together, over the next five years, including one of the best selling jazz records of all time, the classic, Memphis Underground.

I had never seen this footage before and it appears to have been added this very week, making me a very happy Sharrock fan (and Mann fan, of course). Also on this performance, it looks like Steve Marcus on soprano sax, Miroslav Vitous on bass (both ballsy choices for sidemen, as well), and Bruno Carr on drums.

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