AllAboutJazz | Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases Of 2019: Night Sparkles
Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases Of 2019
By KARL ACKERMANN
December 15, 2019
Face Pelt Records
For the Boston, Massachusetts-based Club d’Elf, the boundaries are long gone; they may never have been there to start with. Almost twenty years ago, the group debuted with Live at The Lizard Lounge (Grapeshot Media, 2000), an amalgam of jazz, electronica, hip hop, and funk. The group (always a fluid entity) has included accordion, oud, didgeridoo, doumbek and qaraqab standing comfortably next to guitars, bass, keyboards, and horns. If it weren’t obvious from the instrumentation, this is not a group to be categorized by genre. Two decades and a dozen albums later, Night Sparkles continues to provide listeners with inimitable musical adventures.