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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.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Guitar

I'm a huge fan of this style of guitar playing. Marc Antoine knows how to deliver the goods with this Album. He does a wonderful version of the classic song Spooky. I also like Ken Navarro, Steve Oliver and Shane Isenberg.

Return to form...

Superb release from Marc Antoine... Melodic and uniquely executed. Best smooth jazz album of the summer. By the way, nice remake of your original, Panacea- from your work with Greyboy in the early 90's. Beautiful....

Definitely one of Marc's best!!!

The music of Marc Antoine is refreshingly enjoyable, as he varies with precision his guitar virtuosity from one song to the next; this, of course, keeps the listener interested, as well as "hooked" and anxious to hear subsequent measures. His latest album, "Hi-Lo Split," further demonstrates Marc's continued growth and maturity both in his songwriting and guitar playing. Without question, this first album of Marc's with Russ Freeman's Peak Records is an ideal fit. If you enjoy high-quality contemporary smooth jazz, you will absolutely want to purchase Marc's latest, "Hi-Lo Split." It is definitely one of his best!!!


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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Hi-Lo Split, Marc Antoine
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Contemporary Jazz
  • Released: Jul 23, 2007

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