Marc Ducret: Tower, Vol. 4 (2012)
Ducret is, no doubt, one of the most original guitarists and composer on today's scene. He has developed a highly personal musical language that does not bind itself into any genre, as well as a fluidity of ideas and an affinity for adventurous improvisation. In his hands a guitar is much more than a wooden instrument with strings. He has always possessed a rhythmic/percussive attitude, one that is used on "From a Distant Land" and its reprise, ..."A Distant Land," where his plucking and strumming references the percussive sounds of the Japanese koto and West African kora.
The open-ended and experimental "Sur l'Electricité," also heard on Vol. 2, drifts beautifully from one idea to the other, without ever surrendering to any coherent structure. On the short "Sisters," Ducret plays wisely with multiphonics, responding to the high strings' resonance, while "Real Things #2" and "Real Things #1" (both featured before on Vol. 1) correspond magnificently with Nabokov's literary form, both possessing complex, cyclical/labyrinthine structures that flow organically but never lose their tension.
"Ada" and "Sybil Vane" are both soulful, melodic pieces, with thoughtful use of space. Ducret concludes the recording with an engaging and concise cover of singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell's "Electricity," from For the Roses (Asylum, 1972), brilliantly interpreting her unique chord progression.
Fantastic. Ducret at his best.
Track Listing: From a Distant Land; Sur l'Electricité; Sisters; Real Thing #2; Real Thing #1; Ada; ... A Distand Land; Sybil Vane; Electricity.
Personnel: Marc Ducret: acoustic guitars.
Record Label: Ayler Records
Style: Modern Jazz