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Sentient

Live At The Real Music Club Brighton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4 Zero Records
  • ASIN: B00GSRW674
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sentient are an entirely improvisational band psychedelic in conception, with jazz elements, a tough groove with a definite nod towards funk and Afro beat (yes people will dance to them), and with strong trance flavours that are reminiscent of krautrock. Sentient are: Steffe Sharpstrings (Here & Now, Gong, Planet Gong) on guitar and vocals, Steve Cassidy (Here & Now, Planet Gong, House of Thandoy, Dream Machine) on drums, Gary Subs Subassa (Karmakanix, Mecca, Dave Howard Singers) on bass. This is their debut album, recorded at their debut gig in 2012 at the Real Music Club in Brighton. Improvised psychedelic music has its roots in the free festival movement it s a mystery element, a fragile flower and does not always work... but what is captured on this recording has been described as the music you ve always dreamed of. When it does work within a musical context it has to be treated with the utmost respect. It s the unexpected guest. It s grace descending. It s Magick. It s definitely greater than the sum of the (musical) parts and in this case bigger than Steffe, Steve and Subs. How and why it works is closer to chemistry than musical composition and it goes beyond personality/personal preferences of individual band members. The players become vessels. . . That's when the Magick can happen and Sentient have got it in spades.

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Here & Now without Keith? Unthinkable! Nontheless, that's essentially what we have here, with Steffe Sharpstrings on guitar and vocals, Steve Cassidy on drums, and Gary 'Subs' Subassa from Karmakanix on bass. Recorded at their debut gig in 2012, the album captures the trio on five improvisations stretching across seventy-five minutes of music...Naturally, as tracks stretch and probe, themes from Here & Now's back catalogue buzz to the surface. Nowhere is this more exciting than on 'A Is For Anarchy', on which the choppy phased guitar and Gatling-gun drums of 'Floating Anarchy' become the springboard for an amphetamine roller-coaster that will leave you breathless. Psychedelic space punk par excellence - **** --Oz Hardwick, R2 Magazine, January/February 2014

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The album "Live At The Real Music Club" with the group Sentient is to me without a hint of competition the release of the year 2013.

Sentient is guitarist STEFFE SHARPSTRINGS love child. Along with bassist "SUBS " and drummer Steve Cassidy, he has created a masterpiece within the improvised trio-rock format. Its originality is comparable only to the very largest bands. Think of all the names you can think of whether it's the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream or Hüsker Dü. This band is just as original as those.

The music is almost entirely improvised. It may sound scary, but Steffe is a veritable cornucopia of ideas and overview. With an unique sense of disposition and timing - known only from the very best American jazz musicians - he controls the battle.

The rhythm section works quite closely with Steffe in a subtle interplay, which is only possible among musicians who know each other very well. It may therefore seem strange that this concert was recorded at the group's debut in "The Real Music Club" in Brighton (located in the south of England), but it sounds like that there are years of preparation before that.

The CD consists of 5 long tracks that are mostly instrumental, sometimes supplemented by Steffes singing, which mostly consists merely of a few improvised lines. Steffe also plays synth here and there, but most of the time it is his guitar that is in focus.

This applies from the first track " Awaken " which takes off softly but later moves into more extreme avant-garde rock, over to the next track "On The Other Side ," which indulges in a more reggae and dub influenced style, to the next track - "Everything Makes A Difference " - an almost ballad-like tune with a hint of blues inspiration and - again - reggae.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb psychedelic jamming 21 Mar 2014
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Those interested in this record will most likely be familiar with Steffe Sharpstring's guitaring and the type of music he and fellow musicians play. Sentient is Steffe's new band since he and Keith Da Bass went their separate ways.

Steffe's guitar has never sounded better and he is superbly supported by two fellow musicians on bass and drums. The music here is freeflowing and is generally uptempo, which I like. Unlike Here & Now's latest release "Live In London" which was recorded in 2007, this album was recorded in 2012 and is generally a much brighter affair. More psychedelic and more lively.

Steffe has brought his sound back to Here & Now's original sound in the '70s. This is a great album with some amazing guitar playing and spacey improvisation. Recorded live. The sound quality is good and clear. A must have for any Here & Now fan. Looking forward to what Sentient do next.
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