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Elliot Sharp and Terraplane: Blues for Next

This two-disc set finds guitarist/composer/iconoclast Elliott Sharp steering his blues group Terraplane (drummer Sim Cain, saxophonist Sam Furnace and bassist David Hofstra) through two equally raw, evocative sets that frequently take a familiar element, like a basic blues groove, and stretch it to the limit with craziness in the form of jarring dissonances, frantic free playing and electronic effects.

The first disc, labeled “Plus,” is buoyed by the talents of vocalists Dean Bowman and Eric Mingus, as well as those of blues guitar legend Hubert Sumlin, all of whom collaborate with Sharp on the material. The prevailing vibe is Howling Wolf circa mid-’50s, although sax fills the harmonica void and myriad detours are made along the way. Raw and rollicking, “Rollin’ & Tumblin'” and “S-Boogie” groove relentlessly and display plenty of effectively primitive guitar work. In contrast, “Long Dark Sky” features Mingus, whose intense performance recalls Jim Morrison’s moody, somewhat threatening demeanor, while Sharp’s articulate but edgy phrases add to the general ambiance.

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