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5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable cornucopia of ideas and subtle interplay, 13 Dec 2013
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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.

The fourth track on the album is here entitled "Nearer " and sounds a little familiar, since it is a variant of the song " Near & Now " from Steffes old group HERE AND NOW (where Cassidy also has been involved). The last closing track titled "A is for Anarchy " is again a variant of an old tune (at least for a start), but soon it metamorphosizes into pure improvisation. A rockin' end to a perfect album.

Although Steffe has been musically active since the mid-70s there has been years between his public appearances, and the amount of releases can easily be counted. So much greater joy it is to realize that this is a pure masterpiece.

You can use the "underrated" cliché but that is just waste of time. One should appreciate that Steffe plays what he wants and when he wants. And those who are among the lucky few know of his existence and appreciate his talent and perhaps also are aware when a new album comes along. And there is good reason to hurry because the record label 4zero Records has supposedly only made 1,000 copies
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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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