Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo

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by Marc Antoine
     
 
Guitarist and composer Marc Antoine is like Ottmar Liebert with teeth. He's an amazingly gifted guitarist who plays in flamenco and Latin jazz styles with equal grace and aplomb, and his recordings are slick, sweet, and lean heavily on the smooth jazz tip. That said, on Mediterraneo, his seventh album, there is some real fire in

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Guitarist and composer Marc Antoine is like Ottmar Liebert with teeth. He's an amazingly gifted guitarist who plays in flamenco and Latin jazz styles with equal grace and aplomb, and his recordings are slick, sweet, and lean heavily on the smooth jazz tip. That said, on Mediterraneo, his seventh album, there is some real fire in both material and playing. Like Oscar Lopez, Antoine goes for the heart of a particular piece of music in his soloing, and when he finds it, despite the arrangement, production, or textured ambience, he doesn't let go; he wrestles with it until it gives up every ounce of emotion and meaning it can muster. The title cut, with its gloriously languid drum program and Antoine's transcendent melody that comes across as a stunningly moving chanted prayer, is overwhelming in its melodic invention. On the opener, "Cubanova," a son rhythm track crosses a samba and Antoine's extended chord voicings create a tough yet airy backdrop for his in-the-pocket soloing. Keyboards by Frederic Gaillardet offer a washed soundscape that is reminiscent of piercing blue skies and sanguine ocean waves. The laid-back funky "Afromenco" illustrates the best of both genres. The biggest surprise on the set is the cover of Everything But the Girl's "Lady," with Samantha Murphy on vocals. He captures the innocence of the original while moving the entire cut over a continent or two and making it a souled-out Cuban-Brazilian ode. Ultimately, Mediterraneo is Antoine's finest moment to date, and is indicative of the kinds of changes he's moving toward as his grasp of his chosen musical vocabularies grows and expounds on that knowledge.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Rendezvous
UPC:
0766927510120
catalogNumber:
5101
Rank:
72766

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Antoine   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Requinto
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion,Bells
Andre Manga   Bass
Michael Mishaw   Vocals
Lulo Perez   Trumpet
Samantha Murphy   Vocals
Jan Fabricky   Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Frederic Gaillardet   Keyboards,fender rhodes,keyboard bass
Gwenael Barre   Keyboards
Segundo Mijares   Saxophone
Rebeca Vega   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Koz   Executive Producer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
Joan Manuel Serrat   Composer
Hyman Katz   Executive Producer
Bill Payne   Composer
Ben Watt   Composer
Marc Antoine   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Frank Cody   Executive Producer
Rafa Sardina   Engineer
Peleg Top   Art Direction
Lulo Perez   Horn Arrangements
Gwenael Barre   Composer,drum programming

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Mediterraneo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very eager for the release of guitar great Marc Antoine’s “ Mediterraneo”, a first form Dave Koz’s label , Rendezvous Entertainment. The album retains Antoine melodic Spanish flavor while on some tracks uses horns to mix in a straight jazz sound. Tracks such as “Senor Groove” and “Funky Picante” are up tempo groove pieces that show off Antoines incredible picking ability and true musicianship. Other more romantic tracks such as “Lady” and “Alejandro’s Lullaby” Antoine gives classic Latin beats dreamy and like qualities. Overall this album is an amazing fusion of haunting Latin sounds and cool contemporary jazz, and reaffirms Marc Antoines place as one of the top most talented musicians in world music.