Bill Elgart, often credited as Billy Elgart is one of many American jazz musicians who have settled in Europe. Quite often based out of Munich, Elgart's credits include appearances on some choice Paul Bley
records, an appropriate bandleader to bring up in this context as he has in his own biographical writings explained what has come to be known as the Bley test for American jazz musicians trying to settle in Europe. Whether or not Elgart was able to pass this test, he seems to have successfully replaced Paul Motian
in Bley's band in the early 70's, and jazz listeners have the opportunity to directly compare the two drummers on several albums on which they both appear, including the early ECM release Paul Bley With Gary Peacock
as well as the album Turning Point, good enough to be released by both the Improvising Artists and Steeplechase labels and also highlighting a rare appearance by tenor saxophonist John Gilmore
outside the interplanetary confines of the Sun Ra
Arkestra. Elgart has also collaborated with vibraphonist, pianist, composer and bandleader Karl Berger
, appearing on that artist's return to recording following a hiatus, No Man Is An Island on the Knit Classics label.