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New York Cats
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Another great independent release from the US guitarist Elf
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mark Elf "New York Cats" Jen Bay Jazz: 005 Duration : 39'44" Hot on the heels of last year's "Trickynometry", guitarist Mark Elf has returned to the trio format for his fifth independent release as a leader. On "New York Cats", recorded in New York in 1998, Mark leads his extremely capable sidemen through a great mix of originals and more familiar jazz standards. The trio consisting of Mark Elf on guitar, bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Dennis Mackrel form a cohesive unit that approaches the mainstream repetoire represented on this excellent release with zest and conviction. Whether soloing or accompanying in a variety of styles and tempos, all are more than ready for the demands placed upon them.The medium tempo "Brownie Speaks" by Clifford Brown gets the CD off to a great start with Mark soloing effortlessly over the 32 bar form. The tempo slows for "Blues In The Night" finding Mark using a chord melody approach. "From This Moment On" burns from beginning to end, while the ballad "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is custom made for some Tal Farlow "bell-tone" techniques. Jobim's "No More Blues" introduces the familiar sounds of Latin Jazz to the recording. Mark's original "The Conflict" cooks at a medium slow tempo, with brief changes in feel, as the trio digs in for the solos. The familiar "Stomping At The Savoy" is affectionately treated while the original ballad "Heartfelt" tugs at the emotions. "Walker's Walk", another original tune, shuffles convincingly in a very 60s fashion. "Pemble's Tremble" explores some new territory, while remaining accessible. "Lady Be Good" and the original "Blues For Jenny" feature Mark's unaccomapanied guitar as he plays melody, and accompanying parts (and without studio tricks) on these differing tunes.Its a fine recording of some great jazz standards and originals, by some very accomplished musicians who have obviously worked together for some time. Highly recommended if you want to hear some excellent straight ahead jazz guitar."