Mark Elf: Tea Cup


Tea Cup


Mark Elf (guitar)


The Eternal Triangle (Jen Bay Records, Inc.)

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Mark Elf (guitar), Jimmy Heath (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano),

Ray Drummond (bass), Ben Riley (drums)


Composed by Mark Elf


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 22, 1988, released in 1996


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

"We are living on a conducting globe surrounded by a thin layer of insulating air, above which is a rarefied and conducting atmosphere…"

A storm is brewing in this tea cup: Mark Elf is one of the essential guitarists in the electromagnetic field of jazz, and he proves his amplitude on this fulfilling bop-infused invention. Mark and Jimmy spark the vertex; next Elf flows with his characteristic balance of precise picking and fluid phrasing—a closer listen will reveal him singing with his lodestone solos. As Jimmy generates his infinite bebop power and the reliably extra- ordinary Hank Jones gives each ion a soul, Drummond sympathetically vibrates the ELFs (Extremely Low Frequencies). Riley rightly oscillates throughout; his rhythmic lyricism glows especially bright on the fiery fours he trades with Mark. Each of these phenomenal players is scientific in his subtlety of swing, and an incontrovertible conductor of universal acoustic resonance. Zap!

"...the current energy, on the other hand, is preserved and can be recovered, theoretically at least, in its entirety." – Nikola Tesla

Reviewer: Marissa Dodge

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