11

Sharp Three: Sharp Three/Zero Cool

Fiona Ord-Shrimpton By

Sign in to view read count
Sharp Three: Sharp Three/Zero Cool Sharp Three put a wide mix of music together on their album, Zero Cool. Surpassing the quotidian jazz clichés about "moments" and "hipness," this album possesses sonority where even the stoniest non- emotes hear spirituality, Sharp Three provide music with enough cultural variation to lose self in parts or whole.

There are 9 generous tracks on the album, each conjures a new landscape, and the facility of the brother team of Goh and Kai Kurasawa on "probably all touch-style instruments in the known universe" is far beyond experimental, (the extreme 24-string Beartrax sound being one of the many). Chuck van Haecke augments the trio with a graceful and rock-ready palette of beats.

There is a strong flux of rock on the album —"Boom!" is dedicated to Kurosawa band-mate and trumpeter, Daniel Rosenboom, it's a catchy, upbeat blaster, worthy of a late-night talk show live band intro. "Nina" and "Lovely Youth Square" are pretty intense rock, with some edgy distorted angles. Other tracks include the Zen introspection of "Away," and once or twice, as in "Lullaby for the Content" and "Believe" —just a lil'bit country (many countries). There is some elegant Brazilian samba in "Danza Samba Ganva" and a touch more drama in the flamenco closer, "Chikara."

Often young guitarists seem honor-bound to "plough the same furrows as Pat Metheny or blur in the Purple Haze of Hendrix," Sharp Three are their own voices, with mastery of prior greatness and a 'now' liveliness that captures a calm, fresh sound.

Sharp Three's album Zero Cool comes Kelvin approved.

Track Listing: Away, Boom!, Danza Samba Ganva, Lullaby for the Content, Believe, Nina, Purple Monk, Lovely Youth Square, Chikara.

Personnel: Goh Kurosawa “Musical Wakonyosai”: sitar-guitar, electric guitar, flamenco/classical guitar; Kai Kurosawa “Bass Extremist”: touch-style instruments, 6-string bass, ukelele bass; Chuck van Haecke “The Chuckernaut”: drums, percussion.

Title: Sharp Three/Zero Cool | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Onigawara Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "The Organ Grinder" CD/LP/Track Review The Organ Grinder
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: April 1, 2017
Read "Smooth Shake" CD/LP/Track Review Smooth Shake
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Xabregas 10" CD/LP/Track Review Xabregas 10
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "The Authorized Bang Collection" CD/LP/Track Review The Authorized Bang Collection
by Doug Collette
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "Malnoia" CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "2nd Thoughts" CD/LP/Track Review 2nd Thoughts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 8, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.