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Hi-Lo Split

Marc Antoine

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Album Review

Paris-born, Madrid-based contemporary jazz guitarist Marc Antoine switches to Peak Records for his eighth newly recorded solo album Hi-Lo Split (a title that reflects his new appreciation for poker), but he doesn't change his overall approach appreciably. Working in his home studio, he does back off of the more hip-hop-oriented Modern Times in the sense that there's no DJ this time. But this is still pretty much standard-issue contemporary jazz. On one tune after another, Antoine sets up a percolating rhythm track, then solos over it, usually using a nylon-string guitar (though occasionally switching to a Mexican requinto guitar), sometimes doubling on a steel-string. Frederic Gaillardet contributes keyboards and some subtle string arrangements, and Andre Manga plays bass. On "Silk & Steel" (its title reflecting the combination of nylon- and steel-string playing), Manuel Machado shadows the solos with a muted trumpet. It's worth remembering while listening to Antoine's cover of "Spooky" that before the song was a pop hit for Classics IV it was introduced as a jazz instrumental by saxophonist Mike Sharp. "Groovin' High" boasts a Spanish horn section. "Panacea" is a remake of a tune co-written by Antoine that was featured by his old band Greyboy in the film Get Shorty. "Bossalectro," as its title implies, has a bossa nova rhythm. And "Tomorrow," the closing track, is a slow ballad featuring an overtly electronic backing track. Thus, Antoine varies the effects from tune to tune, making for a varied, enjoyable listening experience, though still without doing anything out of the ordinary for a contemporary jazz outing.

Biography

Born: Paris, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Contemporary jazz guitarist Marc Antoine blends his classical training with a multi-cultural urban groove. After studying at the Edouard Paiteron College and the International School of Classical Guitar, he played with a typically varied cast of artists: pop stars like Sting, Basia, and Selena, rappers like Guru's Jazzmatazz project and Queen Latifah, plus acid jazz hipsters the Solsonics and DJ Greyboy. Signed to the New York City subsidiary of GRP Records, Antoine recorded his solo debut Classical...
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  • 10,89 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Contemporary Jazz
  • Released: 23 July 2007

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