All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Multiple Reviews

314

Elliott Sharp: Concert in Dachau & Octal

By

Sign in to view read count








Elliott Sharp
Concert in Dachau
Intakt
2007


Elliott Sharp
Octal
Clean Feed
2007




Guitarist Elliott Sharp adds two more entries to his lengthy and diverse discography with these solo discs. Both are chock full of his customary timbral innovation and rhythmic multiplicity.

Concert in Dachau is really magical, as much a process as a series of four long-form pieces. Sharp moves, ever so gradually, from earthy blues-inflected drones into less traditional territory and back again. The whole concert is in, or centered on, D minor, but the encore jumps unceremoniously into a joyful blues romp in E flat. Sharp's use of electronics is masterly, never overly obtrusive and always birthing interesting timbres. At one point, he's laying strange counterpoint down over some backwards chatter of his own making and the effect is mysterious and fun. Another vignette finds him manipulating overtone drones and achieving disconcerting stillness. The slide-drenched stream-of-consciousness encore is worth the price of admission, but the rest of the disc shows a master improviser at work.

Octal is, in large part, a more percussive affair, excepting the second track, which is another exercise in multivalent Ebo-driven drone. For the manic percussion that Sharp executes so well, just check out the astonishing "Antitop and Charm"; it roils and bubbles with precision and muscular grace. The pieces are fairly brief and it is as if Sharp's imagination is in overdrive in each one... so many and disparate are the ideas that pack each moment.

The concert disc, an inventive study in long-form expression, seems to unfold more easily, somehow with a greater sense of organicism. The guitarbass Sharp plays on Octal gives him the chance to demonstrate a quite different, but equally diverse palette of sounds and techniques and there's no shortage of timbral interest. Either disc would make a fine introduction to the work of this versatile artist.


Tracks and Personnel

Concert in Dachau

Tracks: Dachau 1; Dachau 2; Dachau 3; Dachau encore.

Personnel: Elliott Sharp: guitar, electronics.

Octal

Tracks: Through The Wormhole; Symmetree; Modulant; On the Brane; Intrinsic Spin; Strange Attractor; Antitop and Charm; Quaternion.

Personnel: Elliott Sharp: guitarbass.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
DVD/Film Reviews
Read more articles
Chansons Du Crepuscule

Chansons Du Crepuscule

Public Eyesore
2017

buy
Dialectrical

Dialectrical

Clean Feed Records
2017

buy
Err Guitar

Err Guitar

Intakt Records
2017

buy
Port Bou

Port Bou

Infrequent Seams
2017

buy
Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk!

Sharp? Monk? Sharp!...

Clean Feed Records
2015

buy
Momentum Anomaly

Momentum Anomaly

New Atlantis Records
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read CTI on BGO Multiple Reviews
CTI on BGO
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Another Timbre completes its Canadian Composers Series Multiple Reviews
Another Timbre completes its Canadian Composers Series
by John Eyles
Published: October 16, 2018
Read Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away! Multiple Reviews
Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away!
by Doug Collette
Published: October 15, 2018
Read Where Fusion and Tradition Meet Multiple Reviews
Where Fusion and Tradition Meet
by Doug Collette
Published: October 5, 2018
Read Kevin Kastning’s Extended Guitars Multiple Reviews
Kevin Kastning’s Extended Guitars
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 28, 2018
Read Piano Trios: 3x3 Multiple Reviews
Piano Trios: 3x3
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 20, 2018
Read "A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama" Multiple Reviews A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 18, 2018
Read "Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade" Multiple Reviews Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade
by John Eyles
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Brazilian Brilliance: Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti" Multiple Reviews Brazilian Brilliance: Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 12, 2018
Read "A Six-String Travelogue" Multiple Reviews A Six-String Travelogue
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 18, 2018
Read "Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors" Multiple Reviews Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors
by Doug Collette
Published: September 8, 2018