Crazewire Review of Club d'Elf: Live 3/28/02, Athens, GA, Georgia Theater
A visit to a haunted house where you're served berries that taste metallic and let you see music as colors. Club d'Elf represents the continued emergence of electronic music in the live setting. Reeves Gabrels (guitar), John Medeski (keyboards), Mat Maneri (electric violin), Mister Rourke (turntables), Brahim Fribgane (oud, voice, percussion), Eric Kalb (drums) and center pillar Mike Rivard (bass) are all high brow, big eared musicos playing something akin to skunky Jack Johnson Miles Davis flavored with the chop-and-cut of modern electric instrumentals. Think the Talking Heads' Remain In Light stripped of the vocals and peppered with samples from David Byrne's Luaka Bop label.