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Trio Sud, Sylvain Luc's second outing with bassist Jean-Marc Jafet and drummer André Ceccarelli, is a riot of musical diversity, featuring highly creative readings of everything from Horace Silver ("Out of the Night Came You," "Peace") to Miriam Makeba ("Pata Pata") to Barry Manilow ("Could It Be Magic"). Luc's acoustic guitar tone is effervescent, his chops often staggering. He can swing like mad ("La Complainte de la Butte"), but he's equally informed by Brazilian, French, Basque, and gypsy traditions. His closing arrangement of Tárrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra shows more than a passing familiarity with classical guitar literature. And he's a strong writer too, as is shown by two originals, "Eraldi" and "Irdir." (Jafet, who contributes the bop-blues line "Don't Tell Me," is no slouch.) Fans of acoustic jazz guitar will be knocked out. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 1965 in France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

French guitarist Sylvain Luc has honed his jazz improvisations since the 1980s, when he first discovered jazz as a teenager. He studied at the prestigious Academy de Bayonne as a child, mastering the guitar, cello, violin, and mandolin, but jazz shed a different light on Luc's musical ambitions. He spent time with the Bubble Quartet, discovering an appreciation for South African music in his twenties. Luc combined his love for jazz with worldbeat sounds and carved a career for himself. He issued...
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