Mark Elf

New York Cats

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Lovers of mainstream jazz guitar will go crazy for this one! Elf has a sturdy, straight-ahead tone that recalls jazz guitar masters Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. The tunes are a lively mix of jazz standards/classics and originals. There's a sense of unhurried forward-motion to this set; it's relaxed without being "sleepy." The nimble bass and swinging drums compliment Elf's playing to perfection. Elf is a player who can dazzle with a barrage of long phrases, then tease you with one or two well-placed notes. No new ground broken here--just fine, end-of-the-day relaxation-jazz with considerable substance.

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