Title - 'Foreign Xchange' (Peak Records)
Artist - Paul Brown & Marc Antoine
This fine selection of relaxed smooth grooves is a great backdrop for the guitar playing of Paul Brown and Marc Antoine. Indeed, if you love guitar jazz with a touch of latin in it then Marc Antoine is your man.
If you have all or most of his albums already then this is probably going to be an instant addition to your collection, but if you have never heard (mysteriously) of his music before, but perhaps enjoy Peter White, Ken Navarro or Chuck Loeb, then you will LOVE his music.
One of the leading Contemporary Jazz guitarists/producers in the world, Paul Brown made his stunning debut on Peak Records back in early February with 'White Sand' - a recording that celebrated his intense musical foundation with an elite group of friends that day.
Here on 'Foreign Xchange,' Paul and Marc compliment each others playing wonderfully. Wholly instrumental, slick grooves like "Wine Night", the clipped rhythm of "Brother Earl" and the title track flow seamlessly.
It is however the quality of the simple melodies that stands out - "What About Bob" illustrates this - nothing fancy or complex, yet the music is most enjoyable.
Give it a listen you won't be disappointed! [ST/PW]