Thursday, November 19, 2015

Elements - 1988 "Illumination"

Elements was an American jazz fusion ensemble founded by bass guitarist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb in 1982. Both Egan and Gottlieb were former members of the Pat Metheny Group, and Elements' sound draws deeply from their experience as Metheny's former rhythm section. Band members included Bill Evans, Gil Goldstein, Steve Khan and Clifford Carter.
They released albums from 1982 to 1996 on labels including Novus and Antilles.

Bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb have been longtime friends, starting with their days at the University of Miami in the early '70s and continuing during their period with Pat Metheny (Egan was in the guitarist's group from 1978-1980, while Gottlieb stayed until 1983). They formed Elements in 1982, which, from its start, also included Bill Evans on soprano and tenor and keyboardist Clifford Carter; guitarist Steve Khan, keyboardist Gil Goldstein, several percussionists, saxophonist David Mann, and other players have been guests.

By request :-)


01. Hymnalayas
02. Walk In
03. Mandala
04. Illumination
05. The Seeker
06. 1000 Words
07. Go Ahead Stan
08. Sunken Cathedral

Personnel :

Mark Egan - bass
Danny Gottlieb - drums
Bill Evans - saxophone
Clifford Carter - keyboards
Stan Samole - Guitar
Steve Khan - Guitar


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  2. You continue to amaze and delight. Thank you so much.

  3. After two enjoyable listens to this album today, I must thank you again. It certainly has "that late 80s sound" - the drum sound, the sequencers, and so on. But it goes beyond being limited to its era. Parts of it remind me of Andy Summers' and Stuart Copeland's instrumental albums, but this has pleasures that are more subtle and nuanced.
    I think I prefer Mark Egan's As We Speak because of it's more intense use of tension and release, and it's overflowing melodic content. This one is still a keeper.

  4. Yea, when I got home today I put four of their albums on shuffle:
    1984 Forward Motion,
    1987 Blown Away,
    1988 illumination, &
    1989 Liberal Arts

  5. thanks, i love this blog

  6. Track elements the seeker does not work

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  9. Thank you for this - you would like The John Irvine Band, very exciting fusion from UK