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To the naked eye, Club d’Elf looks exactly like a world-class instrumental band: five or six fierce players laying down heavy grooves and exploratory solos on distinctive original material, as audience members dance or listen in rapt attention. To its fans, however, and its large and colorful cast of musicians, D’Elf is all that and much, much more.

The paradox and the power of the unusually named Club d’Elf become increasingly clear through repeated encounters. Unlike almost any other band, D’Elf’s personnel changes radically from show to show. Fans have their favorite configurations and players, but unlike groups where musicians’ tenures are finite, D’Elf-ians revolve in and out, reappearing in endless combinations. Beyond the cavalcade of characters, the music itself is in constant flux. Individual songs can vary dramatically from performance to performance as new alignments of players make every moment fresh. No two sets are alike. Yet the feeling and philosophy that animate D’Elf remain consistent, the product of the vision and dedication of leader Mike Rivard (aka Micro Vard) and the ongoing contributions of his talented collaborators. Devoted fans have been setting their clocks by the group’s bimonthly appearances at their home base, the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for twenty years now, and the message has traveled around the world.

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Article: Live Review

Club d'Elf At Foam Brewers

Read "Club d'Elf At Foam Brewers" reviewed by Doug Collette


Club d'Elf Foam Brewers Burlington, Vermont June 3, 2023 Less than a week before the formal commencement of Burlington Vermont's Discover Jazz Festival, Club d'Elf set the bar high for the fortieth anniversary celebration of that annual event. Currently in the ongoing process of recognizing a significant milestone of its own--a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Lukas Traxel, Club D’Elf & JuJu

Read "Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Lukas Traxel, Club D’Elf & JuJu" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Spirit Gatherer--Tribute To Don Cherry is a forthcoming album by the esteemed Ethnic Heritage Ensemble that is worth checking out. Don Cherry's son David Ornette Cherry and vocalist Dwight Trible join the Ensemble for a session that captures the essence of one of the most important musicians in any genre. Other new recordings sampled in this ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Club d'Elf, Naïssam Jalal, Bill Laurance, Michael League, George & New Releases

Read "Club d'Elf, Naïssam Jalal, Bill Laurance, Michael League, George & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we put together a set which is centered around jazz influenced by Gnawa music, and musicians and bands which know how to “develop and envelope," i.e. develop a melody and mood which envelopes the listener. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Article: Album Review

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. ...

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Left Hand of Clyde (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

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Label: Supermusic
Released: 2000
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You Never Know

Label: Face Pelt Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Boney Oscar Stomp; Zeed Al Maal; Now Open Yours Eyes; Golden Hour; In A Silent Way / It's About That Time; Dark Fish; Dervish Dance; Lalla Aisha In Jhaptal; Allah Ya Moulana; King Kong.

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Article: Album Review

Club d'Elf: You Never Know

Read "You Never Know" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


You Never Know is the Club d'Elf studio album that captures the whirling, overlapping orbits of acoustic, electric and exotic sounds of the floating improvisational collective, which has recorded and performed together for more than two decades, with crisp studio clarity. But more importantly, You Never Know celebrates light born from darkness. Bassist and ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp

Read "Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Giuseppe Paradiso & Meridian 71 Parallel Dimensions Ubuntu Music 2022 Parallel Dimensions steers the listener's imagination through a luxurious multicultural tapestry woven in music by drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Giuseppe Paradiso and his sextet. It explores broad musical horizons that can sound radiantly bright ...

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Article: Album Review

Club D'Elf: You Never Know

Read "You Never Know" reviewed by Chris May


Near-death experiences can reboot the mind, separating the important from the trivial. It seems to have worked like that for bassist and composer Mike Rivard, founder and leader of Boston's world-dub-jazz band Club D'Elf. A few years back, Rivard was nearly felled by a pulmonary embolism while seeking spiritual insight in the Amazonian rain forest. A ...


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