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"Momentum Anomaly is the next in a series formally begun with Velocity of Hue in 2003 and continuing with Quadrature and Octal: Book One and Octal:Book Two. These volumes are in some ways sets of etudes presenting technical possibilities and...

Elliott Sharp Koll 8-string.

"There’s a saying in Portugal which tells us that there isn’t two things without a third one, and the confirmation seems universal: Elliott Sharp’s “Octal” project has a new volume, the third, with more material...

Elliott Sharp, Koll 8-string electroacoustic guitarbass

"This is the second volume of Elliott Sharp's project "Octal", realized on the 8-string guitarbass prototype built for him by Saul Koll. And again, it's a solo album of purely digital...

"With Plastovy Hrad, Elliott Sharp presents three diverse compositions, dynamic and sonically bracing, that reveal a few common elements. On the most immediate level it is clear that the bass clarinet serves a primary role in each, whether featured as a solo instrument with the orchestra in Plastovy Hrad, providing commentary and amplification in Turing Test, or functioning as the orchestra itself in Oumuamua.
Though very different in feel and affect, all three make use of compositional strategies...

"For many, it’s quite a surprise to listen to Elliott Sharp performing Thelonious Monk’s tunes. Knowing his fondness for extreme situations in the fields of noise music, experimental rock and hardcore improvisation, his use of a selection of compositions

"...and there are five! Here we are with a 5th volume of this on-going compilation covering «the parallel realities of contemporary guitarism». This latest collection of guitar pieces reflects once again the never-ending joy of hearing fabulous sonic visions with the guitar or its derivatives as the main subject. You may not already know every chosen guitarist, but you will now thanks to this series of recordings. Some don't need presentations thanks to their very visible contributions to various musical...

Nate Wooley, trumpet / Terry L. Green, trombone / Brad Jones, double bass / Ches Smith, drums / E#, tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet.

"The first Aggregat edition was a rather conventional trio with a hard bop matrix, something very...

Elliott Sharp: Guitars / Melvin Gibbs: Bass / Lance Carter: Drums

"With the bassist Melvin Gibbs and the drummer Lance Carter, Elliott Sharp has formed a trio that cultivates the pleasure of playing, of sound, drive and expression. At the...

"Flow of shadows" is how I would translate the composite neolog title of this 1997 work for Orchestra Carbon and how I might describe the musical gestures therein.

In seven sections, Rheo~Umbra layers through-composed materials, algorithmic...

Spectropia is both a full-length feature film and an interactive media event set in a possible England in 2099, and in New York City in 1931 after the stock market crash. Directed by Toni Dove, it tells a story of time travel and supernatural...

SPRING & NEAP (35:33)
Michigo Yagi, 17-string koto/Yumiko Tanaka, futozao shamisen; Yoshiko Fujio, hosozao shamisen/Zeena Parkins, troubador harp; Makoto Nomura, piano/Tamiki Sawa, violin/Mio Abe, violin; Hiromichi Sakamoto, cello/Masaaki Kikuchi...

Elliott Sharp is one of the downtowns most consistently original composers and a wildly versatile string player, whether it be on bass, electric guitar, or one of his wacky homemade hybrids. His music is rhythmic and intense, often drawing upon mathema...

"This is the second CD in a series presenting the complete string quartets of composer/performer/producer/instrument builder Elliott Sharp, one of the busiest and most consistently inventive figures in the downtown scene. Elliott has forged a unique...

Elliott Sharp is one of the most versatile composer/performers on the downtown scene -- a musician who has embraced free jazz, funk, blues, contemporary classical, rock, world music and distilled them all into his own unique amalgam. Suspension of Disb...

Violin: David Soldier; Viola: Judith Insell; Bass Clarinet: Evan Spritzer, Tim Smith; Accordeon: Ted Reichman; Piano: Zeena Parkins; electric bass: Marc Sloan; Drums & percussion: Joseph Trump, Jim Pugliese; electronic & acoustic percussion: Rea...

This is two extended works; the psychedelic transformations of Xtopia & the dark, jagged snapshots of Intifada, performed by the Soldier String Quartet joined by the composer on Buchia Thunder, fretless guitar & clarinet. [Tzadik]

Elliott Sharp: 8-String Guitarbass, Soprano Sax, Electronics, Samples & Textures
Zeena Parkins: Electric Harp
Bobby Previte: Drums

"Aready teeming, activity on the sun increases further culminating with the peak, an elevated state in which sunspots and flares proliferate with profound effects throughout the solar system: fever dreams, ecstatic dances, restless movements both of populations and thought, soul transfers. On this occasion forces coalesced in the Austrian Tirol with drummer..

Elliott Sharp: Guitar
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Marc Ribot: Guitar
"Last summer in Elliott Sharp's recording studio in Manhattan, New York guitarist Sharp spent a day with guitar colleague Mary Halvorson and another with Marc Ribot, legendary guitarist of Tom Waits, The Lounge Lizards and Marianne Faithful. The result was a series of recordings that could only be created by friends. They represent the great art of guitar playing by three exceptional musicians looking for new sonic adventures in.

Elliott Sharp: Guitar / Melvin Gibbs: Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums

"During the two-weeks festival by Intakt Records at John Zorn's club The Stone in New York's East Village, Sharp-Gibbs-Niggli performed for the first time. Three musicians with...

"Listening closely to the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields one can hear a compact history of modern composition and improvisation. Although the duo has a sound all its own, under the surface you can sense traces of “New Music,” minimalism, free jazz,

Elliott Sharp 8-string guitarbass, guitar, soprano sax / Zeena Parkins electric harp / Marc Sloan electric bass, prepared bass / Joseph Trump drums, percussion / David Weinstein sampler, synthesizer

"The composer and multi-instrumentalist..

"Recorded live at the 2007 Donaueschingen Music Days, this CD captures the pairing of composers E# and Lang sharing an ensemble including vocalists Latasha Natasha Diggs and Mixmaster Todd, turntablist Philip Jeck, drummer Fredy Studer, reedman Hans...

"The Age of Carbon covers the period from the first full Elliott Sharp Carbon LP in 1984 through the Tocsin CD of 1991. This 3-disc collection gives a sonic overview of the band in its different iterations in those hot, dense, and fast years in New...

Sharp + an ''orchestral'' Carbon line-up; 3 violins, viola, 3 cellos, bass, percussion, & Elliott's double neck guitar/bass. [Victo]

Improvisations on double neck guitar/bass, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, electronic percussion, electric & acoustic harps & tapes. [Victo]

Improvisations on double neck guitar/bass, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, electronic percussion, electric & acoustic harps & tapes. [Victo]

Avery Sharpe has been McCoy Tyner's bassist for years and years and here he leads a trio with Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano and Winard Harper on drums.
This is an extremely nice, creative, straight-ahead and progressive acoustic jazz album.


“A ship sinks beneath the silver mirror of the sea-top, temple gongs ring through an empty valley, industrial machinery sputters, heaves, lurches forward, stops, falls apart... These sound events may be the most acute musical referents of Shasta Cults, the music project of Canadian synthesizer technician Richard Smith.
Using obsolete electronics, Shasta Cults pursues the true sound of the instrument, freed from the tyranny of emulation, no strings/woodwinds/piano presets. Shasta Cults' compositions...


“As well as being a long-time member of The Bevis Frond, veteran musician Adrian Shaw has played with Hawkwind, Magic Muscle, and the Hawklords amongst many others. He has also played and recorded with the likes of Country Joe McDonald, The Deviants, Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and High Tide. On his sixth solo album "Colours", multi-instrumentalist Shaw plays guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums, but the record also features guest appearances from Nick Saloman (Bevis Frond), Bari Watts (Outskirts Of...

“With String Theory, Adrian Shaw continues to re-imagine psychedelia, acid rock, and space rock in fresh ways. A knack for sonic diversity, a willingness to experiment, and a distinctive lyrical perspective assure that his work dodges the pitfalls of anachronism and escapes categorization as a merely fashionable exercise in retro style. String Theory shares themes with Shaw's previous records (addressing age, decline, drug damage, and nostalgia) and also exhibits his signature eclecticism ...

Woody Shaw - trumpet. flugelhorn
Steve Turre - trombone
Mulgrew Miller - piano
Stafford James - bass
Tony Reedus - drums

Recorded January 13, 1982 at Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany; Recorded by NDR Hamburg.
"It is a positive sensation and pure joy to be reminded of an extraordinary and very special musician by this current release -- as Woody Shaw disappeared from the personal jazz-universe of way too many people after his early and tragic death in May 1989...

Great, early, electric jazz/jazz-rock album featuring a great cast and now available for a full third off its original price. Pretty essential for fans & followers of the genre!

"Originally a two-fer on vinyl and now on one CD, Shaw's debut as...

Latest by sampling artist Shea is this collection of works that is not strictly performed on sampler, as he adds piano & synths to his arsenal, and he works mostly in duo or trio with David Douglas-trumpet & Jim Pugliese-percussion. [Sub Rosa]

''The atmospheric Chamber Symphony #1 juxtaposes liveand sampled instrumental sonorities in a complex world of modern polyphony with turntable/sampler wizard David Shea playing along with members of the Ictus Ensemble. 'The Voice Suite' features the br...

In the 1990s David Shea was a regular on the downtown scene working with Anthony Coleman, John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Shelly Hirsch and many others. Since 1998 he has been living and working in Brussels collaborating with some of Belgiums finest classica...

Turntable/sample manipulator Shea works with Zeena Parkins, John Zorn, Mark Ribot & HidekiKato. [Tzadik]

Sub Rosa live session, London May 1996. Features Robin Rimbaud of Scanner and Robert Hampson of Main. Limited Edition.


"The Aram Shelton Quartet plays creative jazz music inspired by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In this quartet, Shelton is joined by Chicagoans Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, Anton...

Possibly the best show I saw this year was by these guys. I went to the show because Aram plays on the Jason Adasiewicz CD that Cuneiform released and I wanted to see him play. These guys were a bit late because they got stuck in awful traffic and they...

This is playable on any CD player, but if you pop it into a SACD player, you get all the extra sound quality that SACD's are known for. And it's a *stereo/multi-channel SACD*, which means if you are set up for 5.1 sound, you'll get that! Shepik is a...

Playable on any player, but will give really amazing sound when played on a SACD player.
This is a fine, 'concept' work based around the issue of climate change (Bill O'Reilly and Rush, this work wasn't composed with you in mind, so just move along...

“As the '60s drew to a close in a hail of blood and lead, jazz gradually began to close its doors. What had blossomed in the '50s and '60s as young men struggled to raise a music out of the whorehouses of New Orleans and into the concert halls turned into something less and more than it had been.
Musicians like Archie Shepp no longer looked to the future or to what they might borrow from classical forms. Instead, they looked back to the cotton fields, the slave market, and the slum to find their...

“From 1964, Archie Shepp's first date as a leader featured -- as one would expect from the title -- four tunes by John Coltrane, his mentor, his major influence, and his bandleader. The fact that this album holds up better than almost any of Shepp's records nearly 40 years after the fact has plenty to do with the band he chose for this session, and everything to do with the arranging skills of trombonist Roswell Rudd. The band here is Shepp on tenor, John Tchicai on alto, Rudd on trombone, Trane's...

A Sea of Faces
Down Home New York
Little Red Moon
California Meeting
"The legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note make a welcome return to the active catalog with this series of specially-priced boxed sets that highlight some of the label's finest artists. Archie Shepp - The Complete Remastered Recordings features four discs in slipcases with original album artwork housed in a clamshell box."

Yes, this is another one of those ‘out of copyright in Europe’ assortments, but this has the advantage of featuring 8 complete albums, some of which are quite hard to find on CD. You get:

1. The Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet
2. Rufus [Tchcai / Shepp]
3. New York Contemporary Five vol. 1
4. New York Contemporary Five vol. 2
5. Consequences [NY Contemporary 5]
6. Four For Trane
7. Fire Music
8. On This Night

All 8 of these are generally great, but the...

Andy Sheppard tenor and soprano saxophones
Michel Benita double-bass
Sebastian Rochford drums

"UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard’s second ECM album introduces his freely lyrical new trio with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford. All three..

This is an interesting, unique take on 'minimal / systems' music by a composer I wasn't previously aware of. Good stuff!

"Multi-instrumentalist and composer David John Sheppard presents his first bona fide solo album, Vertical Land. The writer and orchestrator behind the acclaimed State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound, Snow Palms, and Leaf recording artists Phelan/Sheppard, Sheppard began the tracks percussively by inserting pencils into guitars to make false bridges, then hammering the...