Title - ‘Mediterraneo’ (Rendezvous)
Artist - Marc Antoine
I was very eager for the release of guitar great Marc Antoine's Mediterraneo, his first on Dave Koz's label , Rendezvous Entertainment. The album retains Antoine's melodic Spanish flavor while on some tracks he uses horns to mix in a straight jazz sound. Tracks such as "Senor Groove" and "Funky Picante" are up-tempo groove pieces that show off Antoine's incredible picking ability and true musicianship. On other more romantic tracks such as "Lady" and "Alejandro's Lullaby" Antoine gives classic Latin beats dreamy qualities. Overall this album is an amazing fusion of haunting Latin sounds and cool contemporary jazz, and reaffirms Marc Antoine's place as one of the most talented musicians in world/jazz music.