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Modern Times
     

Modern Times

by Marc Antoine
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
Label:
Rendezvous
UPC:
0881284511129
catalogNumber:
5111
Rank:
105251

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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
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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