Jason Vieaux anD Julien laBRo in­Fu­sion Az­ica Records

Guitar Techniques - - REVIEWS -

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!

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