St. Germain: Tourist
St. Germain surrounds his beats and samples with performances by live musicians, even getting the fine Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin to contribute some licks on "Montego Bay Spleen." Each of these tracks has something distinctive about it: the Marlena Shaw snippet that's sampled throughout "Rose Rouge," the John Lee Hooker guitar and voice samples on "Sure Thing," the catchy flute riff that kicks off the aptly titled "So Flute." The smooth, textural grooves of "Latin Note" and "La Goutte D'Or" are hypnotic and cool. Some may consider this album groundbreaking, some may hear it simply as chic background music. But jazzers, don't let the electronic stuff prejudice you. St. Germain is making music from the heart.
1. Rose Rouge 2. Montego Bay Spleen 3. So Flute 4. Land Of? 5. Latin Note 6. Sure Thing 7. Pont Des Arts 8. La Goutte D?Or 9. What You Think About?
Personnel: Ludovic Navarre, conductor; Pascal Ohse, trumpet; Edouard Labor, saxophone and flute; Alexandre Destrez, keyboards; Edmondo Carneiro, percussion; Idrissa Diop, talking drum; Claudio (Cacao) De Qeiroz, baryton; Ernest Ranglin, guitar (track 2)
Record Label: Blue Note Records