Sharrock/Oki/Rechtern/Zinman/Sato/Rosilio – “No Is No (Don’t Fuck Around With Your Women)” – [Improvising Beings]
2014 cross continental collaboration, recorded in France.
Calling them a sextet, while true feels a little risky
based on the title. Linda Sharrock divorced from Sonny
in 1978 (he died in 1994) was once mouth and muse
with that great guitarist, (among others, their
exploration of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s
Hair” remains ear-rasing) but we find her avant-garden
kept on growing independent of him. Even now despite
being stricken by stroke, am I wrong to read her
prominent moany, deep-tone vocals as a struggle against
pain and other impingements? She always had a baritone
weight to her voice, but this sounds heavier. Against
her ballast, Eric Zinman’s piano often aims for the
stratosphere. Bluesy dances, working high on the 88.
Itaru Oki on trumpet and flugelhorn, has a nice
stretch 15 minutes in on the studio disk 1. Mostly
the band is improvising at full blender speed. 35 minutes
in on disk 1, dramatic piano, smoldering sax from Mario
Rechtern and some clip-clopping (is it drummer Makoto
Sato….or Linda or ???) makes for a nice calm point.
Yoram Rosilio starts tapping up the tension on his bass.
This leads to a sonic sense of triumph from all six.
But there only getting warmed up. There’s a funky little
silence and coda at the end of that disk. Disk 2
is a live rendition, where Linda is less up front but
still plenty vocal, the horn play reigns supreme on
thise, and again a silence then coda this time where
the title comes from, F-bomb included. Linda sounds
happy and joyful during that exchange, exorcising
demons early has got to be good for the body and soul.