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 – he was a cornerstone of Manhattan’s 1980s downtown, avant-garde music scene – with deep tradition. Sharp’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. Sharp’s playing pushes the envelope of blues tonality and incorporates digital programming and other unconventional elements. It is best heard on 2004’s Do The Don’t, which features guest guitarist Hubert Sumlin.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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