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Club d'Elf: As Above - Live At The Lizard Lounge

Read "As Above - Live At The Lizard Lounge" reviewed by Doug Collette

The music of Club d'Elf's debut album, As Above, speaks volumes in terms of the group's mystical and stylistic roots. In fact, it is perfectly reflective of the actual ancient quote from which the title is taken; 'As above, so below...' suggests how the rhythm motifs are as fully and completely developed as the melodic themes. Recorded in 1999 and 2000, at the Lizard Lounge in Boston, which has become Mike Rivard and company's home base over the ...

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Either/Orchestra: Live In Addis

Read "Live In Addis" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo splendido doppio album live documenta il naturale epilogo tra Russ Geshon e la musica etiope. Un amore iniziato nel 1988 con l'ascolto di un Long Playing di Mahmoud Ahmed e alimentatosi negli anni grazie alle riedizioni della collana Ethiopiques, curate da Francis Falceto. Nel 1999 Geshon incise con la sua Either/Orchestra i primi arrangiamenti jazzistici di musica popolare etiope, fondendo l'esuberanza ritmica e la ricchezza timbrica della band con le modulazioni metriche e le forme modali della musica dell'Africa ...

Album Review

Club d'Elf: As Above: Live at the Lizard Lounge

Read "As Above: Live at the Lizard Lounge" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The groove runs deep and long on As Above, a 2-disc set from Club d'Elf. Voyaging through realms of electronica, ethnic percussion, and dirty funk, As Above pays exquisite attention to the beat. The two-plus hours of collected music on this set document the highlights of five months' worth of live improv at Boston's Lizard Lounge. (OK, so it's actually in Cambridge, but what's a hop across the river in the grand scheme of things?) Ringleader (bassist) Mike Rivard hosts ...


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