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

Elliott Sharp

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