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Album Review

This terrific trio brings to the table a quiet energy that smolders slowly as a fine, aromatic cigar. Acoustic guitarist Luc is the fuse, bassist Jafet the smoke, and drummer Ceccarelli the controlled fire. They are electrifying without using electronics. Only a small handful of standards are included. A nicely re-arranged 5/4 take on "A Night in Tunisia" cuts close to flamenco in its intriguing guitar reharmonizations, "There Will Never Be Another You" is a fast bopper, "Moon River" sports a pristine start and bossa body, while the pop tune "This Guy's in Love With You" is modified with a kinetic 4/4 Afro-Cuban groove. In fact, the key for many of the originals is their solid groove. 6/8 informs "Jade Et Melody" or the quicker "Chez Laurette," an easy blues shuffle walk to waltz shifts back and forth on "Mojo," while "Roots 6406" is more of a soul groove shuffle. A short drum solo, "Ouverture," precedes the 5/4 "Ameskeri" with contrasting sounds delicate and shrunken by Luc's guitars, and Ceccarelli goes it alone for four minutes on the pulsing "Requiem." There's also the balladic to swinging "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day" and the tender samba "Bella Vista." The test of timelessness in the worth of music is in a repeated listening process. This fine recording delivers that constant joy and consistent freshness, time after time. Recommended. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Biography

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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Sud, Sylvain Luc
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 31 March 2000

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