Jason Vieaux anD Julien laBRo inFusion Azica Records
This duo album comprises the nylon-string talents of Jason Vieux and accordion/bandoneon versatility of Julien Labro, with occasional enhancements from bass and drums. It’s an intriguing array of music ranging from vibrant pieces by cuban composer and guitarist, Leo Brouwer and Argentinian composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla (Al Di Meola is a big fan) through to reworkings of pieces by Pat Metheny and Tears For Fears. To have variety like this could create a bewildering pot-pourri of music but the clarity and blend of nylon-string guitar and accordion is very appealing. It may take time to ‘get’ the ‘serious’ music Brouwer/ Piazzolla/Gnattali (it’s worth it though!) but Metheny’s exquisite tango ballad Antonia is emotively dynamic as guitar and accordion enrich the chords and the gorgeous phrases. As for Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World, it’s triplet rhythm and strong melodies work very well as an instrumental and Jason’s classical chops provide very classy guitar tones. Really worth a listen!