Club d'Elf: As Above: Live at the Lizard Lounge
At the same time, As Above is certainly not for everyone. The group displays an unabashed disrespect for fixed idioms. For example, on "Beneath the Underground," avant saxophonist Joe Maneri finds a place wailing alongside Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels. (The liner notes dub Maneri as a "portly, bearded medicine man." Perhaps the audio recording does not do justice to the dynamic imagery of the original event...) Periods of trance-like quietude can overturn at a moment's notice and give rise to edgy free funk. But somehow the nucleus of the group keeps everything tied down in a very delicate balancing act. And with the reverent preservation of the beat, the music keeps moving forward.
Track Listing: Disc One: Now I Understand; Shadow's Shift; Actual Smiles; Left Hand of Clyde (parts 1,2,3); Meet the Monster Tonight; Claude Raines Revisited; Last Business (dub); D'Empty Dance; So Below.
Disc Two: Get a Little Turning; Intro/Bass Beatbox; In a Perfect World; Route of the Root; As Above; Beneath the Underground; Buzz; Taurobolium; Trance Meeting; Last Business; Divine Invasion.
Personnel: Mike Rivard, Erik Kerr, Jere Faison, Jerry Leake, Tom Hall, Brahim Fribgane, Kenwood Dennard, Reeves Gabrels, Duke Levine, Ian Kennedy, Alain Mallet, DJ Logic, Mat Maneri, Joe Maneri, DJ C, Eric Hipp, Tom Halter, Dr. Didg, Roberto Cassan.
Record Label: Grapeshot Records
Style: Modern Jazz