Now I Understand

Now I Understand

by Club D'Elf
     
 

After seven double-CD releases of live material (!), Club d'Elf finally drop their first studio album, eight years in the making. They're still plying their patented world fusion/avant-garde jazz/dub/trance chillout music and the m.o. is still basically the same, but the studio aspect allows for greater options on a number of levels. Club d'Elf's Mike Rivard can draw… See more details below

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After seven double-CD releases of live material (!), Club d'Elf finally drop their first studio album, eight years in the making. They're still plying their patented world fusion/avant-garde jazz/dub/trance chillout music and the m.o. is still basically the same, but the studio aspect allows for greater options on a number of levels. Club d'Elf's Mike Rivard can draw from an unbelievable talent pool (close to 100 players have been "members" of the club), but the live shows are constrained by who can physically attend the gig on any given night. With the studio, Rivard can put together any band he wants, whether they could all be in the same room at the same time or not. The studio also allows for a lusher, more layered sound, multiple overdubs, and detailed production touches that just can't be pulled off live. For example, "Wet Bones" was purely a studio construction built around a Billy Martin solo drum track (released on Illy B Eats, Vol. 1) and has Rivard playing a couple basses as well as sintir and effects. You can't do that live. Other tracks, like "Bass Beat Box" and "Now I Understand," have been part of the live show for years, but benefit from the added production. Great performances litter Now I Understand, but John Medeski and Mat Maneri deserve special mention (just check the Mellotron/electric viola feature on "Bass Beat Box") for their near ubiquity on the album. Guitarists Duke Levine, Dave Tronzo, and Reeves Gabrels are also on board for a track each. Brahim Fribgane contributes some earthy oud playing in several spots, and both Mister Rourke and DJ Logic turn in some nice work on the turntables, with Rivard anchoring the proceedings throughout with his big fat bass grooves. Now I Understand isn't an improvement over the live d'Elf shows; it's a different side of the same organism. Consider it the polished gemstone to the uncut diamonds of the live releases. Excellent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Accurate Records
UPC:
0743431505422
catalogNumber:
5054
Rank:
376336

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Club D'Elf   Primary Artist
Tom T. Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Levine   Guitar
Allan Chase   Alto Saxophone
Reeves Gabrels   Guitar
Jerry Leake   Percussion,Tabla
Alain Mallet   Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Duduk
John Medeski   Synthesizer,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Michael Rivard   Guitar,Electric Bass,Stick,Tamboura,Mallets,Acoustic Bass,fender rhodes,Sintir,Delay
Randy Roos   Guitar
Joel Springer   Tenor Saxophone
David Tronzo   Slide Guitar
Gerry Leonard   Guitar
Billy Martin   Drums
Paul Stiller   Vocals
DJ Logic   Turntables
Mat Maneri   Viola,Electric Viola
Brahim Fribgane   Dumbek,Percussion,Oud
Jay Hilt   Drums
Erik Kerr   Drums
Jeré Faison   Ambience,Kurzweil K-2000
DJ C   Voices

Technical Credits

Jerry Deupree   Executive Producer
Tom Dube   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Leake   Composer
Alain Mallet   Engineer
John Medeski   Composer
Michael Rivard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Randy Roos   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gerry Leonard   Engineer
Billy Martin   Composer
Mat Maneri   Composer
Brahim Fribgane   Composer
Scott Craggs   Producer,Engineer
David Baker   Engineer
Tom Camuso   Engineer
Erik Kerr   Composer
Michael Fossenkemper   Mastering
Jeré Faison   Composer
Jeff Misner   Composer,Engineer
DJ C   Contributor

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