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Album Review

French guitarist Jerome Barde has the goods to become a major force in modern jazz. Moreover, the liners to Melodolodie state that he has created and patented a guitar simply known as the "Bardophone, although he wasn't able to use that on this release." Here, he performs on a strikingly resonant axe made by the French luther Frank Cheval. Barde's energized performances are crafted with a guitar that possesses somewhat of a stereo sound. This is a rapidly paced set, awash with jaunty swing grooves, reinforced by a top-notch bass/piano/drums trio, and also featuring a percussionist on two tracks. Barde's fluent lines and complex chord voicings instill a sense of perpetual motion. The band effortlessly glides thru odd-metered Latin pulses and perky shuffle grooves, to complement a few stylistic and perhaps subliminal nods to Django and Strauss along the way. The music often gravitates to soaring peaks amid vibrant rhythms and unwieldy twists and turns. As a whole, the production is effervescent, powerful, and undeniably focused. No doubt, Barde is a promising composer and one heck of an improviser. Overall, this is an invigorating affair. Zealously recommended.


Born: 1963

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jerome Barde, who had an impressive debut set for Sunnyside in 1989, started playing guitar in France when he was 13. He originally performed rock but changed directions after discovering the John Coltrane Quartet on records when he was 16. A year later, he began playing professionally. Barde moved to the U.S. to attend the Berklee College of Music and...
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Melodolodie, Jerome Barde
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  • 6,93 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 09 September 2003

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