The 1985 version of Elements features five talented musicians but unfortunately the music is dominated by electronic percussion and forgettable melodies. The team of bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb (who were formerly with Pat Metheny and became Elements' co-leaders) had not yet settled on the group's sound. Although Elements sometimes hints at Weather Report (with Bill Evans on soprano trying in vain to be as significant as Wayne Shorter), the drum machine takes away from the group's spontaneity and gives a sameness to most of the selections, even the extended blues "Surf Blues and Greens." Elements would record more creative sets in the future.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow