Modern Times

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
How smooth jazz artists sound on-stage and how they sound in the studio can be two very different things. In the studio, many of them dumb themselves down as much as possible in order to get played on American smooth jazz/NAC radio stations; on-stage, however, they don't have to worry about pleasing program directors -- so they are free to stretch, blow, and improvise all they want in front of a live audience. All too often, studio recordings don't begin to reflect what smooth jazz artists are actually capable of -- and in the '90s, guitarist Marc Antoine wasn't above recording schlock, drivel, and elevator music in order to appeal to smooth jazz/NAC stations 1998's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
How smooth jazz artists sound on-stage and how they sound in the studio can be two very different things. In the studio, many of them dumb themselves down as much as possible in order to get played on American smooth jazz/NAC radio stations; on-stage, however, they don't have to worry about pleasing program directors -- so they are free to stretch, blow, and improvise all they want in front of a live audience. All too often, studio recordings don't begin to reflect what smooth jazz artists are actually capable of -- and in the '90s, guitarist Marc Antoine wasn't above recording schlock, drivel, and elevator music in order to appeal to smooth jazz/NAC stations 1998's Madrid on GRP was perhaps the worst offender. But Modern Times is one of Antoine's better, more substantial studio efforts; the material is surprisingly decent. This time, Antoine who is heard on both acoustic and electric guitar gambles with inspiration instead of resorting to cheap formulas -- and while the tunes which combine jazz, pop, funk, and world music are melodic and accessible, they aren't Muzak. This 2005 release is fairly unpredictable, drawing on everything from Brazilian music "Samba Hood" to African pop "Antilles". While Modern Times is dominated by instrumentals, one of the best things on the disc is "Cantar Al Amor" -- a vocal offering with an appealing Spanish/Arabic flavor. Also vocal-oriented is Antoine's arrangement of Sting's "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets," which is in French but includes a reggaeton section how often do listeners hear reggaeton in French?. As far as melodic guitar albums go, Modern Times isn't in a class with, say, George Benson's Breezin'. But it isn't bad, and those who equate the name Marc Antoine with schlock will be pleasantly surprised by how decent he sounds this time around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • UPC: 881284511129
  • Catalog Number: 5111
  • Sales rank: 97,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Modern Times (4:28)
  2. 2 Bella Via (5:56)
  3. 3 La Belle Dame Sans Regrets (3:18)
  4. 4 Can You Feel It (4:17)
  5. 5 Camden Town (5:01)
  6. 6 Cantar Al Amor (4:46)
  7. 7 Umbele (4:50)
  8. 8 Samba Hood (5:03)
  9. 9 Shake It Out (4:31)
  10. 10 If You Believe (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marc Antoine Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Oud, Rap
Bobby Martinez Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Philippe Saisse Piano, fender rhodes
David Ferrero Sampling, Rap
Ove Larson Trombone
Rebeca Vega Vocals
Noemi Carrion Vocals
Beatriz Núñez Vocals
Manuel Machado Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Dave Koz Executive Producer
Steve Hall Mastering
Hyman Katz Executive Producer
Bobby Martinez Horn Arrangements
Dominic Miller Composer
Marc Antoine Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Greg Ross Art Direction
Frank Cody Executive Producer
Guido Gonzalez Engineer
David Ferrero Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
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