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Arc 2: The Seventies

Elliott Sharp

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Album Review

Several of Elliott Sharp's earliest recordings are included on this Atavistic compilation, before he moved to New York and became a part of that city's fertile Downtown scene. The tracks on ARC, Vol. 2 show that Sharp was thinking along similar lines long before he hit the Big Apple; the first track, "Interference," features the overpowering sound of four guitars (and not much else). Much of the rest of the album consists of works recorded during the mid-'70s while Sharp was in college — interesting from a historical viewpoint, but definitely not in relation to the highs of his later career.

Biography

Born: March 1, 1951 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Elliott Sharp began playing the piano at six. According to Sharp, he was performing concerts by age eight. Sharp claims that his parents wanted him to be both a concert pianist and a scientist. He gave up piano, first in favor of the clarinet and then the guitar. His interest in science led him to build his own effects boxes for the instrument. He became intrigued with all types of experimental music, from contemporary classical to free jazz and sophisticated rock. Sharp studied anthropology at Cornell,...
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