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Elliott Sharp: The Collapsed Wave (zOaR Records)

The NY duo of Elliott Sharp and Don McKenzie pay tribute to guitar-oriented instrumental rock as practiced by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock, Miles Daves, &c, music that valued virtuosity and embraceability, with Sharp performing on Strats, Les Pauls, steel guitar, a Vietnamese ghita phim lom on Uchuu, mandola & mandocello and Telecaster.
 

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Elliott Sharp-guitars, steel guitar, ghita phm lm, electric mandola, electric mandocello, basses, synthesizers, drum programming, arrangements

Don McKenzie-drums, drum samples


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UPC: 755491285534

Label: zOaR Records
Catalog ID: ZCD 147
Squidco Product Code: 34102

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve, sealed
Recorded at Studio zOaR, in NYC, in June, July and August 2023.

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"The Collapsed Wave pays tribute to the wave of guitar-oriented instrumental rock as practiced by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock, and the electric music of Miles Davis. These were wonderfully turbulent and heady times for music with new directions for guitar revealed by virtuosic players of expansive vision.

While maintaining his own unique style, on The Collapsed Wave, Sharp channels guitar DNA from these masters using an array of Strats, Les Pauls, steel guitar, a Vietnamese ghita phim lom on Uchuu, mandola and mandocello on Planetesimal, plus some Telecaster strangling onTelekinesis.

The album includes a stirring and passionate tribute to Jeff Beck composed soon after his passing. The grooves are organic and contemporary with Sharp's bass playing (using a classic Hagstrom 8 and the bass half of his first doubleneck) locking in with his arrangements of the drumming and drum samples from Don McKenzie."-zOaR


Artist Biographies

"Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro."-Elliott Sharp

-Elliott Sharp website (http://www.elliottsharp.com/bio.html)
4/10/2024

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"Don McKenzie (born June 28, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is a drummer known to many through his tenure with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, in the band Masque. Reid the founder and leader of Masque has described its music as: "the place where rock, jazz, hip-hop and technology meet." When asked for his views on McKenzie's drumming, Reid says "His sense of pocket is very firm. I've always been fortunate to work with great drummers, like Marlon Browden and Ronald Shannon Jackson and Will Calhoun. Don is right up there at that level." McKenzie has also played with multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Elliott Sharp, who says that: "Don McKenzie not only has the hands to play deep-pocket hip-hop and rock grooves, hard-hitting and asymmetrical jazz flavors, a la Tony Williams, and light-fingered sonic abstractions; most importantly, he has the ears to turn his authoritative gestures into music." Other artists McKenzie has played with includes Pharoahe Monch, New Kingdom, Sweetback, Martin Luther, Marc Ribot, The Persuaders, Mr. Complex, DJ Spinna, Cody Chestnutt, and jazz legend Roswell Rudd.

McKenzie's first instrument was guitar, but at the age of six he switched to drums. McKenzie's playing has a strong grounding in music theory and technique and for a period of time was a student of Everett Collins, who played with The Isley Brothers.

Keyboardist/singer Leon Gruenbaum, who has worked with Don on a number of projects (including his own Math Camp), notes that: "Don is a total powerhouse who can play in any style. He never overplays, instead allowing his extremely solid groove to provide a bed on which other musicians can feel completely comfortable to express themselves." For the latest Vernon Reid and Masque album, Other True Self, McKenzie composed Kizzy, inspired by a close friend."

-Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (https://en-academic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/5621675)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Ultra Vires 5:50

2. Uchuu 5:36

3. For Jeff Beck 5:15

4. Braids 5:50

5. Eigen Mode 6:00

6. Interstates 3:30

7. Telekinesis 5:40

8. Olla Podrida 7:25

9. Planetesimal 5:07

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