Personalities | Elliott Sharp | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, bass, reeds, programming, vocals, b. 1951)
Cleveland, Ohio-born Sharp is on the cutting edge, combining his experience as an improviser â€“ he was a cornerstone of Manhattanâ€™s 1980s downtown, avant-garde music scene â€“ with deep tradition. Sharpâ€™s earliest gigs were with blues bands. After 20 years of sophisticated experimentation with other styles, he formed his own blues band, Terraplane, in 1994. Sharpâ€™s playing pushes the envelope of blues tonality and incorporates digital programming and other unconventional elements. It is best heard on 2004â€™s Do The Donâ€™t, which features guest guitarist Hubert Sumlin.
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