Foreign Xchange

Foreign Xchange

by Paul Brown
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Foreign Xchange

Since Paul Brown and Marc Antoine are both guitarists, it might be expected that telling them apart on a duo album would be a challenge. In fact, it's easy. Throughout, Antoine plays a nylon-string acoustic guitar, while Brown plays an electric. Often, they play in unison, but when they play separately, the differing sounds of their instruments identify them, even if their playing styles did not. And those playing styles also distinguish them, especially in terms of approach. To use a sportscasting metaphor, it might be said that on Foreign Xchange, Antoine handles the play-by-play, while Brown provides the color commentary. That is, Antoine, playing far more than Brown (the album really should be credited to Antoine featuring Brown, not to Brown and Antoine), plays more melody, following the contours of the music, while Brown goes in and out, appearing to add short, penetrating solos before leaving the lion's share to Antoine. Antoine's playing is characteristically textured and fluid, and as the album title suggests, this French-born Spanish resident employs Continental and Latin styles in the background music, as usual. There is a samba here ("Flight of the Conchords"), an '80s-style funk rhythm there ("Wine Night"), and the arrangements boast occasional horn charts and other musical colors, but throughout Antoine and Brown bob and weave, sometimes playing together, sometimes commenting on each other's attractive runs. It's the sound of musical friends enjoying a conversation in strings, and the listeners get to enjoy it, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072309401
catalogNumber: 30940

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brown   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar
Gregg Karukas   Keyboards
Jeff Carruthers   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Tommy Kay   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bill Ricenbach   Trombone
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards
Roberto Vally   Bass
Marc Antoine   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Guitar (Nylon String)
Sergio Gonzales   Drums
Jessy J   Flute
Bill Richenback   Trombone

Technical Credits

Paul Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Management
Jeff Carruthers   Composer,Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Marc Antoine   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Management
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Javier García   Engineer
Thomas Klemperer   Composer

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Foreign Xchange 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With Paul Brown and Marc Antoine, you know this is a great CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago