I was supposed to see Sonny Sharrock in New Haven, CT right around the time the fantastic Laswell-produced Ask the Ages album came out, but he got stuck in a terrible traffic jam on I-95 and never made it. A few months later, he was dead of a heart attack. Not long after, Miles’ old drummer Tony Williams died terribly young of a heart attack, just after finishing the Arcana: Arc of the Testimony album with Laswell. Maybe somebody should prevent Laswell from working with these venerable jazz guys so we can keep them around…..though Pharoah Sanders is still kicking after recording regularly with Laswell. He’s about due for a new record, no?