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Content by tag "Elliott Sharp"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Elliott Sharp: Chansons Du Crepuscule

Read "Chansons Du Crepuscule" reviewed by Don Phipps

In Chansons Du Crepuscule, the French multi-genre vocalist, harpist, composer and improvisor Helene Breschand hooks up with the multi-genre New York guitarist Elliott Sharp to yield spell-binding music of the first order. This fascinating collaboration crosses musical genres as easily as a nuthatch jumps from a birch tree to a cedar and then to a hickory. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Elliott Sharp: Err Guitar

Read "Err Guitar" reviewed by Don Phipps

Is this music from another world? Dense, complex, innovative, and chock full of improvisation, Elliott Sharp's Err Guitar seeks to establish a whole new vocabulary for the instrument. Joined by the significant guitarist Mary Halvorson and the always willing to experiment Marc Ribot, Sharp elevates the guitar trio using Stockhausen-like effects that blur rhythm and sound--offering ...

Elliott Sharp: Dialectrical

Read "Dialectrical" reviewed by John Sharpe

Dialectrical constitutes the third entry in the discography of Elliott Sharp's most jazz-focused outfit, following on from the eponymous debut Aggregat (Clean Feed, 2012), and subsequent Quintet (Clean Feed, 2013). Although perhaps best known for his idiosyncratic guitar work, Sharp here demonstrates his chops as an adept reedman, with a talented NYC crew on board. Special ...

Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

Read "Port Bou" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp chose a dramatic subject for Port Bou: the last minutes in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin at Port-Bou (a town in Catalonia, Spain) as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France. This is a man preparing to commit suicide, so the music is appropriately intense. I'm reminded of Laurie Anderson's performance piece about Difficult ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raphael Malfliet: Noumenon

Read "Noumenon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Belgian-born bassist Raphael Malfliet graduated from the Conservatory in Antwerp in 2014, moving to New York shortly afterward. Though the music on his debut trio album Noumenon is outside of well-defined genres, his influences of modern classical and improvisation are evident from the start. One is as likely to hear traces of Elliott Sharp as they ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Buscemi/Elliott Sharp: Rub Out The Word

Read "Rub Out The Word" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is it significant that Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) and William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) were born just one year apart? Maybe. Sinatra began as a teen idol, before developing into American's bon vivant and arbiter of cool, and finally a cranky old man. On the other hand, the writer Burroughs was born a cranky old man, and perpetuated ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Buscemi/Elliott Sharp: Rub Out The Word

Read "Rub Out The Word" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

You don't have to follow Beat literature to have some familiarity with writer William S. Burroughs, especially in his spoken word role. Performance artist Laurie Anderson collaborated with him several times, notably on You're the Guy I Want to Share My Money With (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1981) and Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros., 1984). Bill Laswell's Material ...

Barry Adamson, Michael Formanek, Elliott Sharp & Rokia Traoré

Read "Barry Adamson, Michael Formanek, Elliott Sharp & Rokia Traoré" reviewed by Martin Longley

Barry Adamson
Rough Trade
March 21, 2016

Hot on the heels of SXSW in Austin, Barry Adamson turned up for a lower-key solo show at NYC's Rough Trade store. His reputation was made as a bassist with Magazine and Nick Cave, but in the three decades since then he's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

William Hooker: Light The Early Years 1975-1989

Read "Light The Early Years 1975-1989" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The good news is that record executives are no longer the gatekeepers of taste and style in music today. Inexpensive recording equipment and the advent of digital music allow the artist, and the audience to cast a wide net these days. This wasn't the case forty years ago, especially for the improvised jazz scene. Studio time ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Satoko Fujii + French-Japanese Quartet Kaze Tour Australia: January 13-19, 2016 and Japan: January 23-30

Satoko Fujii + French-Japanese Quartet Kaze Tour Australia: January 13-19, 2016 and Japan: January 23-30

Pianist Fujii Performs Solo and Duo Concert with Alister Spence January 13 in Glebe Two-trumpet ensemble Kaze unleashes storm of inventive sound with performances in Australia and Japan including jny: Sydney, jny: Melbourne, Kobe and jny: Tokyo “One of the most musically dynamic and intense “jazz" sets of the year… If you think you can imagine what ...