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Elliott Sharp - Xenocodex

Release Date: 05/07/1996 
Label:  Tzadik   Catalog #: 7016   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott Sharp
Performer:  Elliott SharpRegina CarterJudith InsellDave Soldier,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soldier String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Elliott Sharp is surely one of the most uncompromising and diverse musicians around. He has two blues bands (Hoosgow and Terraplane), he's improvised with John Zorn, kicked out the jams with his King Crimson-meets-Capt. Beefheart combo (Carbon) and with the rhythm team from the Minutemen and fIREHOSE (the first BOOTSTRAPPERS album on SST) and he's composed for string quartets. The two pieces here, 'X-topia' and 'Intifada' are tense, harsh, angrily driven pieces of music, bringing to mind the string quartets Beethoven wrote towards the end of his life, as well as the classical compositions of Frank Zappa. 'Intifada' features Sharp's dissonant guitar (recalling Robert Fripp's more "tortured" moments) and wailing, vocalized clarinet playing Read more with/against the brittle, anguished strings. The string group, the Soldier String Quartet, plays Sharp's edgy music with passion and grace. XENOCODEX is recommended to adventurous listeners who can also appreciate 20th century classical music
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Works on This Recording

X-topia by Elliott Sharp
Performer:  Elliott Sharp (Sampler), Regina Carter (Violin), Judith Insell (Viola),
Dave Soldier (Violin), Dawn Buckholz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soldier String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Intifada by Elliott Sharp
Performer:  Regina Carter (Violin), Dave Soldier (Violin), Elliott Sharp (Guitar),
Judith Insell (Viola), Elliott Sharp (Clarinet), Dawn Buckholz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soldier String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 29 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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