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Mark Elf Returns 2014

Label: Jen Bay Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: A Little Ditty; It Was So Beautiful; Jacky's Jaunt; Time On My Hands; Michellie's Mambo; Low Blow; Titillating; The Bottom Line; People Will Say We're In Love; The Sandy Effect.

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Mark Elf: Mark Elf Returns 2014

Read "Mark Elf Returns 2014" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Nothing can stop guitarist Mark Elf from making music. He's battled serious health problems, contended with the ups and downs of the music industry for decades, and, most recently, dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the massive storm that flooded his home, delaying the recording of this record for a year. In spite of all ...

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Liftoff

Label: Jen Bay Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Liftoff; Thanks For the Memory; Deception Blues; Chuy's Challenge; I've Never Been In Love Before; How Low Can You Go; Fundingsland Waltz; Left Hand Corner; Deception Blues; Liftoff (Alternate Take).

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Mark Elf: Liftoff

Read "Liftoff" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Guitarist Mark Elf has been recording since 1986, and on Liftoff he continues to amaze. All but two of his dozen sessions have been on his own Jen Bay label. Athough Elf usually appears in a guitar/bass/drums format, he also includes piano on a few of these recordings. Such is the case on Liftoff, ...

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Mark Elf: Liftoff

Read "Liftoff" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


John Coltrane's “Countdown, like Hemingway's “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, is a brief, emotional and enduring classic. Guitarist Mark Elf makes this tune the heart of Liftoff. Elf, who played last month at Flushing Town Hall with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Quincy Davis, was an exuberant performer who scatted along with his solos on up-tempo tunes, ...

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Mark Elf: Liftoff

Read "Liftoff" reviewed by Jim Santella


Guitarist Mark Elf enjoys the rush of re-interpreting music by masters such as John Coltrane. He also enjoys creating fiery originals that allow him to work out on the instrument the way Trane did. It doesn't matter that one played saxophone and other plays guitar, since both artists share a deep appreciation for the creation of ...

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Mark Elf: Liftoff

Read "Liftoff" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Several musicians have found their muse in John Coltrane, and Mark Elf joins the group with Liftoff. The guitarist takes the chord changes to Coltrane's “Countdown to create the title piece. Word play notwithstanding, Elf can turn a tune to his advantage. His notes are crisp, even as they zip along at feverish pace, and that ...

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Glad to be Back

Label: Jen Bay Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Elfin's Place; Little Old Lady; Groove For Gonzalez; Alfie; Bossa For Eric A; A Fancy For Yancy; Falling In Love With Love; Ballad For Bertrand; Gaston's Gate; Falling In Love With Love.

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Mark Elf: Glad To Be Back

Read "Glad To Be Back" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


In light of the serious medical issues that guitarist Mark Elf has overcome recently--he had a kidney disorder and is recovering from prostate cancer--any new CD he puts out is a triumph for him and his many fans. Glad To Be Back , a crisp balance of standards and originals, is Elf's musical affirmation of life. ...

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Mark Elf: Glad to Be Back

Read "Glad to Be Back" reviewed by Jack Bowers


"Sometimes," guitarist Mark Elf writes in the liner notes to Glad to Be Back, “it takes something really serious to make one appreciate life and what the [importance] of good health means." In Elf's case, that “something" was two major surgeries, the first for a kidney disorder in December '02, the second for prostate cancer in ...


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