87

Sylvain Luc: Ambre

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Sylvain Luc: Ambre The pure sound of an acoustic guitar runs through most forms of music around the world and through time. Civilization's earliest music makers applied the same natural techniques to interpret melodies and to portray desired moods. You can find guitar lovers applying their intimate technique today just about anywhere in the world.

Sylvain Luc employs an array of guitars, sometimes multi-tracked, in order to express his love of jazz. When he interprets "All Blues," it's with an appreciation for its composer's original ideas. A sensuous feeling arises, like steam from the sidewalk on a cold winter morning. Luc explores the piece with the same casual attitude that Miles Davis preferred, using electric and acoustic instruments.

The guitarist's title track—a mellow number with smooth, amplified guitar sonorities—paints a relaxed landscape for the listener. It's timeless music for the masses.

On several of his originals, he adds a little percussion to the mix, enabling him to carry an international flavor to his performance. A child prodigy from a family of traditional gypsy musicians, Luc is of Basque descent. His "Berceuse Basque" ("Basque Lullaby") explores the peaceful landscape of his homeland, while his "Opposite World" reflects the funk of urban culture. Luc's influences, however, seem to have been drawn from everywhere.

"Shadow of Your Smile" summarizes the artist's love for a lyrical melody. As he explores the song's memorable theme and reflects upon its meaning, the guitarist represents a cool side of the jazz world that will never be forgotten. Luc brings an experienced lyrical voice to jazz and colors his performance with flavors from all over the world.

Track Listing: A Child Is Born; Gentil Coquelicot; Bakean; Omenaldi; Oreade; Opposite World; Berceuse Basque; All Blues; Ambre; Folklore Imaginaire; Shadow of Your Smile; Warm Color.

Personnel: Sylvain Luc- guitars.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Dreyfus Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Two CD/LP/Track Review Two
by Joe Gatto
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "The Long Journey Home" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Journey Home
by James Nadal
Published: March 17, 2017
Read "Here on Earth" CD/LP/Track Review Here on Earth
by Doug Collette
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "A Good Time Was Had By All" CD/LP/Track Review A Good Time Was Had By All
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "05:21" CD/LP/Track Review 05:21
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "The Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review The Outlier
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 17, 2016
Read "A Zoology of the Future" CD/LP/Track Review A Zoology of the Future
by John Sharpe
Published: September 23, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.