Transform Online / Now I Understand
– Ben Taylor
With a multi-faceted, genre-spanning album like this, it's hard to know where even to begin describing it. For starters, Club d'Elf is the Boston-based collective lead by bassist Mike Rivard aka Micro Vard. He's done time with all kinds of folks ranging from The Either/Orchestra (big band avant-jazz), The Story (folk), Paula Cole (singer/songwriter chick rock), Natraj (raga jazz), and the inimitable Morphine. The guy's been around a few different blocks more than a few times, and for the last eight years he's been convening a rotating cast of characters in a dark subterranean room in Cambridge for bi-monthly throwdowns, heavy on the groove and improvisation.