Overall Rating: 4.2 (of 5)
I have been questing to find chords that lay easily on the guitar but don't sound like "guitar chords".
By lay easily, I mean easy and quick to grab in comping and soling situations- the easiest for me are 3 note chords with 1 or 2 fingers needed. Using less fingers means more fingers available to play melodies or basslines. These chords tend to be quartal (voiced in 4ths).
A lot of these sounded strange to me at first. But after playing them, and listening to Charlie Hunter and (organist) Larry Young, I started to hear them a lot. These also are not different from some Kenny Burrell ideas- he uses a lot of ambiguous and "open" sounding chords also.
Another cool thing about them is that you can apply the same shapes to different harmonic situation for totally different sounds.