Experimental jazz improvisers, guitarist Luis Lopes (Portugal) and Jean-Luc Guionnet (France) align their creative wares for a largely ferocious program consisting of two lengthy tracks, captured live at a Lisbon venue. The respective artists employ surgical deconstruction mechanisms to get the job done with some wily Sci-fi like motifs that may summon an impending Armageddon or something to that effect. But the duo's improvisational processes are also steeped in minimalistic forays and various interludes designed with micro- themes and hushed tonalities. Nonetheless, the customary call / response and mimicking exercises come to fruition, where things can get kind of steamy and somewhat menacing.
On "Part I," Lopes' controlled feedback articulations reach a harmonious accord with Guionnet's sonorous extended notes. Moving forward, the musicians generate concise themes with brackish overtones as they arm themselves for battle. The guitarist's fervent attack includes staggered chord clusters and closed-hand strumming techniques while soaring events into overdrive on many occasions. Yet he closes out "Part I" with clipping harmonics amid Guionnet's gruff and flickering upper-register notes.
The musicians' ignite "Part II" by progressing in linear fashion along with gobs of counterpoint and tersely executed flows. They also moderate the proceedings and rev it all back up with a syndicate of knotty incursions, accelerated by the saxophonist's plaintive cries, simmering flurries and gravelly arpeggios. Thus, it's an imaginative excursion, shaped by the artists' perceptive insights and strategic developments that are not extended into oblivion, as they sustain a good deal of interest throughout.
Track Listing: Part I; Part II.
Personnel: Luís Lopes: electric guitar; Jean-Luc Guionnet : alto saxophone.
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.