Club d'Elf

Boston-based, Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club d'Elf is an ever-shifting group of musicians fiercely dedicated to “the groove,” revolving around the foundation of bassist/leader Mike Rivard. Consisting of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, DJ, rock & world music scenes of Boston & NYC, each show features a different line-up, with Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core. Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix, along with guests such as John Medeski & Billy Martin, DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, Ryan Montbleau and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis & Fela Kuti, the band finds inspiration in many sources, including the writings of neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant garde comedy troupe The Firesign Theater.

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“The roaring avant-funk of electric-era Miles (and) the legato drift of the Grateful Dead...Manic Berber bop, hypnotic Moroccan gnawa and blissful electronica are usually present in the mix as well...at its peaks conjuring a Derek and the Dominoes floating on a cough-syrup current. Heady music that doesn't neglect the tail.” -Steve Smith, Time Out New York

“One of the most inventive and ever-changing bands in all of new jazz…The songs are great, the playing superb, the variety obvious but the main thing is that the spirit of the music is so strong and unique

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Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
Jim Hall Jim Hall
guitar
The Bad Plus The Bad Plus
band/orchestra
Sex Mob Sex Mob
band/orchestra
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Greyboy Allstars Greyboy Allstars
band/orchestra
Skerik Skerik
saxophone
Marco Benevento Marco Benevento
organ, Hammond B3

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