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Club d'Elf: Perhapsody Live 10.12.06

Read "Perhapsody Live 10.12.06" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

A floating ensemble in every best sense of the word, Club d'Elf is tethered to bassist Mike Rivard and the more or less house rhythm section from Rivard's extended residency at the Lizard Lounge, a progressive if not experimental music club in Boston. After releasing numerous live albums--the best laboratory for their mainly improvised, genre-munching music--they ...


Club d'Elf: Perhapsody: Live 10-12-06

Read "Perhapsody: Live 10-12-06" reviewed by Doug Collette

Perhapsody, the seventh in a series of live releases by Club d'Elf, contains extended tracks like “Salvia Pt. 1" and “Jar of Hair," where the music ebbs and flows with a passion derived from the spontaneity of the bandïs interactions. Meanwhile, the absolutely impeccable quality of the recording maintains that heat of the moment rather than ...


Club D’Elf: Parhapsody

Read "Parhapsody" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il Club D’Elf di Mark Rivard continua imperterrito la sua opera di destrutturazione e dilatazione della musica improvvisata trance con questo ottimo album doppio dal vivo che gli amici della etichetta indipendente e progressive Kufala mettono prontamente sul mercato. In questo caso ci troviamo di fronte ad una versione allargata della band (che è comunque un’entità ...


Scott Steen: Playing Favorites

Read "Playing Favorites" reviewed by John Barron

Los Angeles-based trumpeter Scott Steen has made a name for himself as a long-time member of the popular swing band, Royal Crown Revue, and as a featured soloist for vocalist Bette Midler. On Playing Favorites, Steen, taking the reigns as leader, pays tribute to his musical heroes with a swinging set of standards and hard pop ...


Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Symbiosis Osmosis

Read "Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Symbiosis Osmosis" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Symbiosis Osmosis Kufala Recordings 2005 How can you not love these guys? Actually, it's not that hard if you're a fan of Kenny G or George W. Bush. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's Symbiosis Osmosis opens with a song dedicated to the president called “Dubya! ...


Nicholas Payton & Sonic Trance: Live in New York 1.24.04

Read "Live in New York 1.24.04" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

On the surface, Nicholas Payton's Sonic Trance is a fusion band. The leader occasionally tricks out his horn with effects, pianist Scott Kinsey moves over to electric keyboard from time to time, and percussionist Daniel Sadownick does his best to establish an Agharta vibe on congas. But there is no electric guitar in Sonic Trance, and ...


Zony Mash: Farewell Shows

Read "Farewell Shows" reviewed by John Kelman

Quirky like Medeski, Martin & Wood but more overtly groove-centric, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz's Zony Mash has always been the intelligent alternative to the often-meandering jam band mentality. Horvitz's idiosyncratic compositions provide a framework for the rest of the group--drummer Andy Roth, bassist Keith Lowe and guitarist Tim Young--but Zony Mash has developed a collective sound since ...


Zony Mash: Farewell Shows

Read "Farewell Shows" reviewed by Dennis Cook

The Hammond B3 organ and the Rhodes electric piano must possess a sorcerer's charm. Keyboardists in every genre, especially in jazz, have fallen under the sway of these instruments since their emergence in the '60s, often to point of distraction. Downtown NYC veteran Wayne Horvitz is no exception, and his Seattle based Zony Mash mixed up ...


The Slip: Live At Lupo

Read "Live At Lupo" reviewed by Dennis Cook

Uncompromising creativity. That's the harmonic buzz underscoring every note that pours from The Slip. On their first full concert release, these players announce immediately that they are forging their own path, but they've made it wide enough for anyone with the ears to hear to join them, living proof that an adventurous spirit can also be ...


Club d'Elf: Live: Vassar Chapel 2/26/01

Read "Live: Vassar Chapel 2/26/01" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Boston area bassist Mike Rivard has led a running jam at the Lizard Lounge for over five years now, which is an impressive tenure for such an exploratory project. Club d'Elf, as the adventure is known, released its double-disc debut, As Above , in 2001 to critical acclaim; this year's output includes three (count 'em, three) ...


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