Walking on the Tiger's Tail

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
On seven previous releases for ACT over the past decade, French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê has drawn on the musical cuisines of Paris: the tonalities of traditional Vietnamese song, folkloric melodies and urban grooves from West Africa, Gnawan rhythms, Turkish and flamenco strains, ambient sounds, and the harmonic palette of post-bop hardcore jazz. With meticulous attention to idiomatic particulars and a belief that God is in the details, he navigates the genres with postulations of his own. Written after a time of personal tribulation, Walking on the Tiger's Tail, Lê's latest, is perhaps his most personal document. Fluent with all the flavors at his disposal, Lê ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
On seven previous releases for ACT over the past decade, French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê has drawn on the musical cuisines of Paris: the tonalities of traditional Vietnamese song, folkloric melodies and urban grooves from West Africa, Gnawan rhythms, Turkish and flamenco strains, ambient sounds, and the harmonic palette of post-bop hardcore jazz. With meticulous attention to idiomatic particulars and a belief that God is in the details, he navigates the genres with postulations of his own. Written after a time of personal tribulation, Walking on the Tiger's Tail, Lê's latest, is perhaps his most personal document. Fluent with all the flavors at his disposal, Lê offers a suite of 11 compositions for an ensemble comprising American improvisers Art Lande (piano) and Paul McCandless (woodwinds) -- Lande performed on Lê's first pair of releases, Miracles (1989) and Zanzibar (1992), McCandless on the latter -- with percussionist Jamey Haddad. Episodic, detailed, and virtuosic, the pieces transcend genre; the musicians interpret them with lyricism, grit, and remarkable mutual intuition. Lê also reminds us that he's a world-class, cutting-edge guitarist, with a unique way of bending notes and a distinctive way of phrasing that is understated and feathery at one moment, headlong and slamming the next.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Guitarist Nguyên Le explores a wide span of modern styles throughout Walking on the Tiger's Tail. Some of the up-tempo pieces are essentially fusion while other selections look towards the folk-jazz of Oregon (helped out by the many horns of Paul McCandless), world music and post-bop jazz. The bassless quartet finds each of the musicians assuming the role of the bass at one time or another, and so effectively that one rarely notices its absence. Le's passionate guitar solos, the mixture of stylists and styles, and the inventive originals (which include some impressionistic ballads) make the music completely unclassifiable as anything but stimulating 21st century creative jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2005
  • Label: Act Music + Vision
  • UPC: 614427943224
  • Catalog Number: 9432
  • Sales rank: 169,588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wingless Flight (4:38)
  2. 2 Yielding Water (6:02)
  3. 3 Totsu! (7:55)
  4. 4 Snow on a Flower (5:34)
  5. 5 Jorai (5:05)
  6. 6 Butterfly Dream (5:52)
  7. 7 Walking on the Tiger's Tail (8:21)
  8. 8 Bee (5:25)
  9. 9 Evening Glory (4:59)
  10. 10 Zamora (6:39)
  11. 11 Eventail (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nguyên Lê Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, electronics, Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Art Lande Piano
Jamey Haddad Percussion, Drums
Paul McCandless Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
Technical Credits
Nguyên Lê Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Siegfried Lock Executive Producer
Johannes Wohlleben Engineer, Mastering
Martin Noël Artwork
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