Mark Elf: Dream Steppin' (2002)
Excepting two solo guitar cuts (one is an ornate treatment of the patriotic song “America”), Elf works with bassist Neal Miner and drummer Lewis Nash, and overdubs light, skeletal rhythm guitar parts that subtly broaden the trio’s overall sound. Although the impression made by their respective instruments is not as forceful or assertive as the guitarist’s, Miner and Nash are ideal partnersso good, in fact, that it’s difficult to imagine the record without them. The bassist has a nice, full, woody intonation, and interesting things to say as a soloist on “Loved Again,” and “Blues To The Left.” Nash is a master of percussive textures and rhythmic nuance. Without making a big deal of it, he effectively utilizes a stick in one hand and brush in the other during portions of the title track and “Ballad 2000,” and skillfully integrates his bass drum to accent portions of Elf’s statement of the melody on “Loved Again.”
Track Listing: 1. Dream Steppin'; 2. Too Marvelous For Words; 3. Loved Again; 4. Griff's Riff; 5. Oye DNA; 6. Ballad 2000; 7. Rhymin' For Simon; 8. Blues To The Left; 9. America; 10. Cheek To Cheek; 11. Pregnant Chad Blues; 12. Have You Met Miss Jones; 13. Pregnant Chad Blues (Alt.Take)
Personnel: Mark Elf--guitar; Neal Miner--bass; Lewis Nash--drums.
Record Label: Jen Bay Records