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Liberal Arts

by Elements, Mark Egan & Danny Gottlieb

Elements is an all Star fusion group jazz led by Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb,Featuring Bill Evans-Sax Clifford Carter-Kbds.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Amber Linn
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2. Liberal Arts
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3. Underwater
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4. American Hope
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5. Quetico
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6. Coral Canyon
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7. Oslo
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8. Fb206
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9. Michele’s Dance
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10. Liberal Arts (Extended Version)
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Elements is a contemporary jazz fusion group led by Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb.
Liberal Arts is their fifth studio recording featuring an all star line up of musicians.

Mark Eagan - 4 and 8-string frettless basses, programming, keyboards
Danny Gottlieb - drums, electronic percussion

Bill Evans - sax
Steve Khan - guitar
Joe Caro - guitar
Stan Samole - guitar
Cafe - percussion
Gil Goldstein - keyboards on track 8
Clifford Carter - keyboards, programming

By ND.NY on October 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Elements is a group that deserves much wider recognition. The core of this group is the duo of bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb, both of whom are superlative musicians. Both are musician's musicians. Their playing be came known to me when they were charter members of the Pat Metheny Group. Mark Egan's style is that resonant, singing style that is reminiscent of Jaco Pastorius, although Mark has his own sound and style. Danny Gottlieb is a versatile drummer who can play a variety of styles from the high energy fusion of John McLaughlin to Pat Metheny to the straight ahead style of Michel Petruccianni.

Their music would be described as a contemporary jazz with fusion elements. Both these guys can play and they are joined here by many excellent musicians such as saxophonist Bill Evans, Gil Goldstein and Clifford Carter on keyboards, Steve Khan, Joe Caro and Steve Samole on guitars and percussionist Cafe. The many songs on this recording are melodic and contemporary, the soloing first rate but never overplayed. Bill Evans and Stan Samole shine on this recording. Nice arrangements and ensemble playing. This is a band that can cut loose when it wants to and the solos here are the thing. In truth the soloing often will transcend the songs. We're not talking flying fingers over the fretboard/keyboard but more tasteful soloing, although Stan Samole does some amazing fleet fingered runs here. The up pieces work best for me, FB206 for one, stands out. The ballads are never those sweet sentimental syrupy ballads that many contemporary jazz groups might play. They are more ethereal and introspective.

I have seen them quite a few times back in a jazz club they played in regularly over the years in the eighties. This is pleasant contemporary jazz with good production values. They are better than many of their contemporaries. In a live shows, these guys pulled out the stops. High points are FB206, Coral Canyon, Underwater.



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