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 tracka mellow number with smooth, amplified guitar sonoritiespaints 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.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!