All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

4

Carlos Saunier: Inminente

Matt Hooke By

Sign in to view read count
Whenever a guitarist or other instrumentalist releases an album, they always run the risk of being egocentric. The album can often turn into a showcase for their instrumental abilities instead of the songs. Chilean guitarist, Carlos Saunier's debut album Inminente shows what happens when an artist bucks that trend. He offers up six solid original songs, defined by their strong melodies. Saunier's guitar style is reminiscent of Bright Size Life (ECM Records, 1976) era Pat Metheny, with a great balanced mid-range tone.

Saunier throughout the album gives each of his instrumentalist's room to solo, never hogging the album for himself. "Tocino" is a highlight. Starting out with an intro played by Saunier and tenor saxophonist Claudio Rubio, "Tocino" moves into a fast-paced solo by Saunier followed by Rubio's own rapid fire horn lines. Both soloists use space and dynamics well. The song is held together by the duo of bassist Francisco Barahona and drummer Felix Lecaros, who maintain a solid pocket throughout. Four minutes in the song features a radical shift. "Barahona" switches from a fast fusion groove to a slower walking bass line, while Rubio and Saunier restate the melody. Lecaros' drumming is incredible here, featuring great rapid fills to keep the energy high. The bluesy bop-influenced song "Espiritu de la Escelcelera" is another highlight, starting off with a bass intro before Saunier and guest saxophonist Maxi Alarcón play the melody in tandem. After the head, Saunier displays excellent accompaniment skills, playing tasteful melodic phrases and shimmering chords to counter Rubio's lead saxophone voice. Overall this is a solid debut, with good songwriting and solid solos. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for this young artist.

Track Listing: Inminente; 28; El Espiritu de la Escalera; Franky; 5-Z; Tocino.

Personnel: Claudio Rubio: Tenor Sax; Maxi Alarcon: Tenor Sax (themes 1 and 3); Francisco Barahona: Bass; Felix Lecaros: Drums; Carlos Saunier: Guitar and Composition.

Title: Inminente | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Discografica del Sur

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Alive In The East? CD/LP/Track Review
Alive In The East?
by Chris May
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Love Stone CD/LP/Track Review
Love Stone
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Empty Castles CD/LP/Track Review
Empty Castles
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Myths and Morals CD/LP/Track Review
Myths and Morals
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 22, 2018
Read The Sum Of My Pardon CD/LP/Track Review
The Sum Of My Pardon
by Jim Olin
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Postcard Collection CD/LP/Track Review
Postcard Collection
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 21, 2018
Read "All Soundings Are True" CD/LP/Track Review All Soundings Are True
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 31, 2017
Read "NPO Trio - Live at the Stone" CD/LP/Track Review NPO Trio - Live at the Stone
by Troy Dostert
Published: May 10, 2018
Read "Motion" CD/LP/Track Review Motion
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 17, 2018
Read "Of Light and Shadows" CD/LP/Track Review Of Light and Shadows
by Phillip Woolever
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Dream a Little Dream" CD/LP/Track Review Dream a Little Dream
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 16, 2017
Read "Putting Off Death" CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017