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Release Day Picks: Night Sparkles
By Team JamBase
Apr 5, 2019

The Scoop: Boston-based dub-jazz collective Club d’Elf has held down a bi-monthly residency at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 21 years. The band’s latest live album, Night Sparkles, contains a recording of a December 2011 show at the Lizard Lounge featuring bassist/composer Mike Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston joined by slide guitarist David Tronzo as well as Paul Schultheis, Vicente Lebron and Moussa Traore. “A friend brought him down to the show, and on the recording you can hear me drop out for a bit as I set up a mic for him after I saw him arrive mid-way through the set,” Rivard said of Traore’s Club d’Elf debut featured on Night Sparkles. “It was immediately apparent that this was going to be serious, and he and our conga player Vicente Lebron had an amazing simpatico. It seemed like a good idea to let the percussion drive the music, and it was one of the more open and organic sets we’ve played.”

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