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Gabrielle Ducomble: Across The Bridge

Read "Across The Bridge" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Belgian-born and London-based chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble is gifted with an irresistible voice. Obvious comparisons can be made (and usually are) to the great Edit Piaf or at a pinch, a jazzier Mireille Mathieu, but this does Ducomble a disservice since she exudes her own unique vocal charm. Across The Bridge follows in the footsteps of Ducomble's ...

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Peter Oxley and Nicolas Meier: Chasing Tales

Read "Chasing Tales" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier are guitarists. This is an accurate statement, but it goes only so far in describing the two musicians' virtuosity across a range of guitars and guitar-related instruments. Chasing Tales demonstrates their talents far more clearly than any written attempt to do so--between them, Meier and Oxley play around a dozen instruments ...

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Pete Roth Band: Circus In The Sky

Read "Circus In The Sky" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's virtually impossible for any contemporary musician to have emerged in isolation--to have developed a style or technique unaffected by those who have gone before. Guitarist Pete Roth is no exception--the press release name checks John McLaughlin, Jonathan Kreisberg and John Scofield as contributing to the German-born, London-based player's approach to his chosen instrument. On Circus ...

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Nicolas Meier: Kismet

Read "Kismet" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitarist Nicolas Meier is blessed with precise intonation, fluid technique and mastery of a range of different styles. As a composer, he mixes influences from Turkey, central Europe, Iberia and the Americas to craft accessible, melodic tunes. On Kismet his talents as musician and writer come together to create what might be his best album to ...

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Nicolas Meier: From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile

Read "From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Long ago, when the world was younger and far more innocent, a British TV commercial challenged its viewers. Take a particular brand of fruit pastille (Rowntree's, to be specific), place it in the mouth, resist the temptation to chew. So deliciously fruity was the pastille that such resistance would be futile. A similar challenge might be ...

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Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier: Travels To The West

Read "Travels To The West" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitar duos may not be quite as rare as hen's teeth in the world of jazz, but they're far from common. Yes, there are classic pairings such as Bucky Pizzarelli and George Barnes, or John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner; but given the instrument's ubiquity it's perhaps surprising that there aren't more such partnerships around. On Travels ...

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Gabrielle Ducomble: J'ai Deux Amours

Read "J'ai Deux Amours" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Belgian singer Gabrielle Ducomble began her recording career in 2003, after reaching the finale of French television's Pop Idol. After hearing Dee Dee Bridgewater Ducomble started to move towards jazz, relocated to London and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. So, while J'ai Deux Amours is not her first recording, it is her ...

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Eclectica!: Flight Of Fancy

Read "Flight Of Fancy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Eclectica! is a European string quartet that brings together four exceptional musicians from the realms of jazz and classical music. Flight Of Fancy, the band's second album, continues with its fusion of musical genres, mixing classical, pop and original tunes in a beautifully performed collection.

String quartet is an accurate description of Eclectica!, ...

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Nicolas Meier Trios: Breeze

Read "Breeze" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Breeze is a guitar trio album. To be more precise, it's a Trios album--a combination of original tunes and standards being performed by acoustic and electric bands. The result is an imaginative and creative recording that further establishes Nicolas Meier's reputation as one of the finest guitarists on the contemporary jazz scene.

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Nicolas Meier: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Swiss-born, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier dedicates Journey to his wife Songul, for sharing “this beautiful life journey" with him. Thematically, the eight tunes can readily be viewed as representing such a journey--but it is equally successful in evoking a single day's walk through a beautiful and mysterious landscape, with Meier's band members as fellow travelers.