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Genres: Jazz, Pop
The acoustic guitar has always been a traveling instrument, originating in Spain, then gradually adopting (and eventually linking to) the idioms of Africa, India, Europe, and America. On Universal Language, guitarist Marc ... more »
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The acoustic guitar has always been a traveling instrument, originating in Spain, then gradually adopting (and eventually linking to) the idioms of Africa, India, Europe, and America. On Universal Language, guitarist Marc Antoine picks up on that theme, drawing on his varied musical influences to create a smooth-jazz cocktail with African, Latin American, and European flavors. "N.Y. Strolling" captures the dreamily reflective side of the metropolis, while the playful flute figures of "Celta" hint at the Andes as well as a Celtic infusion from Antoine's Brittany boyhood. African singer-guitarist Lokua Kanza gives distinctive character to "Elikya (Hope)," and Jeff Golub adds hints of sitar and mandolin as well as electric guitar. Producer-arranger-pianist Philippe Saisse, fresh from his tremendous success with Halfway 'til Dawn, makes a huge contribution with his spacious, sonically brilliant settings (even children at play are included), helping merge all of Antoine's different musical sources. Throughout it all, the liquid sounds of Antoine's steel and nylon string guitars remain vivid, mingling cultural influences with the ease of a breeze off the Mediterranean. --Adam Rains
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Arletta T. from HONOLULU, HI
Reviewed on 3/30/2010...
Smooth jazz at it's best.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Marc's return is wonderfully announced with this majestic collection of Spanish-flavored delights. I swear "Palm Strings" is one best acoustic numbers these ears have ever heard. In sum, A great BUY."
I found this one to be notch below his older stuff, but that
Doley | Denver, Colorado, USA | 03/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's probably just me, but I found this one to be a notch or two below his older stuff. I don't know whether or not it has something to do with his attempt to give this one an international flair or what; but the tunes on this one aren't quite like the ones on Madrid or Classical Soul. But remember, folks, those albums are my favorites of ALL TIME in the light jazz scene, so believe me, it's unlikely that you'll be disappointed by Universal Language. Give this one a listen; you'll be glad you did!"