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Trickynometry by Mark Elf

Mark's 1997 release features him in a group setting, with some beautiful results. This recording is lovingly dedicated to one of the great purveyors of the music, Duke Dubois.

Starting off with the bebop original and title track, "Trickynometry". In the spirit of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, this piece drives hard with some excellent solos from Nicholas Payton who pays homage to Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. Tenor sax player Bobby Lavell springs some convincing chops of his own before Mark continues the journey. Solid drumming from Yoron Israel throughout.

For all you internet junkies out there, Dot Com Blues is for you. Featuring vocals from Miles Griffith, this is a straight ahead vehicle for some smooth playing from Nicholas, and the rest of the band.

"Just in Time" begins with soft emotional guitar playing from Mark before picking up the pace into a mid tempo excursion.

Miles Davis' "Milestones" begins with some mid tempo playing from Mark. Weaving in and out with the melody as if Miles were playing it. Starting and stopping, collecting ideas before settling into a beautiful groove. Christian McBride playing some tasty strings behind Mark's guitar.

"A Tune For Double "D" is a tribute to a legend in the industry. Duke Dubois was one of those rare individuals who cared deeply for the artists and the music they played. Having helped Mark in his early days when he was getting started. Duke offered not only guidance, but support and encouragement as well. Nicholas Payton shines on this number. His style is really developing nicely. I'm sure that Duke is looking down with a smile.

"Monk Like" is an original from Mark played in a bluesy kinda vein. Bassist Christian McBride featured throughout, walking the bass and offering some licks of his own behind Marks playing, then brings the piece home nicely.

Mark continues to show us that he can play in any type setting, as long as he is able to strum his guitar and make it his own. Much continued success in whatever direction Mark takes. We are ever so lucky to go for the ride into new and unexplored musical territory.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mark Elf
  • CD Title: Trickynometry
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Jen Bay Jazz
  • Musicians: Mark Elf: Guitar; Miles Griffith: Vocal; Yoron Israel: Drums; Bobby Lavell: Tenor Sax; Christian McBride: Bass; Neal Miner: Bass; Nicholas Payton: Trumpet; Grady Tate: Vocal
  • Rating: Five Stars
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