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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • UPC: 766927510120
  • Catalog Number: 5101
  • Sales rank: 81,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cubanova (5:10)
  2. 2 Funky Picante (4:58)
  3. 3 Mediterráneo (4:02)
  4. 4 Preludio (3:59)
  5. 5 Castellana Hood (5:16)
  6. 6 Afromenco (4:10)
  7. 7 Señor Groove (4:37)
  8. 8 Gotham (4:16)
  9. 9 Lady (3:47)
  10. 10 Gringo (4:13)
  11. 11 Alejandro's Lullaby (2:39)
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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
Lionel Richie Composer
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
Ray Staff Mastering
Frank Cody Executive Producer
Rafa Sardina Engineer
Peleg Top Art Direction
Lulo Perez Horn Arrangements
Gwenael Barre Composer, drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth and Melodic Latin Jazz

    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.

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