ECHEC ET MALT
Label: Alien Beats Records
Lune de Lièvres; Echec et Malt; Accordéon Tolbiac; El Bolos; Pluie d'hiver; Davaï; St John; Bengalore; Visas Express.
Second album of the french quartet with a very high standard of musicianship. With Blues as a starting point, the quartet move freely between funk, jazz and even folk. The more lyrical tracks such as Bengalore, Accordeon Tolbiac and Pluie d'hiver, are particularly effective. Throughout the album, Charlier's harmonica give the tracks a distinctively French feel. Echec et Malt was recorded at the prestigious Real World Studios. Unsurprisingly this is a well produced album with a natural, live sound. Guitar Command review-01/14 Robert (who is endorsed by Ibanez) coaxes a wide range of tones out of the electric guitar. His skillful playing is reminiscent of Fusion greats such as Metheny and Holdsworth. Charlier takes blues harmonica to another level : at times he plays more like a bebop saxophonist. DiPiazza's inventive bass lines and melodic fills, together with Schmidt's exciting drumming, provide a fitting foundation to the tracks. Echec et Malt is an enjoyable record on many levels. The Blues & Beyond Quartet lives up to its name and fans of blues, fusion and jazz will all find something to enjoy here. Inspiring and tasteful jazz-blues with a twist.
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