Elliott Sharp

Spring & Neap: Live at Music Merge Festival, Tokyo 1996

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AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe

Elliott Sharp's recording career is so long and prolific that his breaks from form stand out more than his signature recordings -- a brief stint in traditional blues (Terraplane) almost seems more notable than the dozens of avant-garde releases Sharp's been involved in. The live recordings on Spring & Neap certainly call attention to themselves, but they're also pretty much in line with the entirety of Sharp's work -- the real interest in the 34-minute, one-track recording is the opportunity to hear Sharp's largely studio-bound experimentation translated into an organic context.

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