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Music for Guitar & Accordion by Leo Brouwer, Radames Gnattali, Chris Hughes, Pat Metheny, Roland Orzabal, Piazzolla, Ian Stanley; "Infusion" / Jason Vieaux, guitar; Julien Labro, accordion; Peter Dominguez, bass; Jamey Haddad, drums

Album Summary

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Tres Danzas concertantes, for guitar & piano
>Metheny, Pat : Antonia
>Gnattali, Radamés : Suite Retratos, for 2 guitars
>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
>Hughes, Chris [Drums] : Everybody Wants To Rule The World
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Notes & Reviews:

The word "fusion" as a musical genre identifier, is a loaded term. At worst, it conjures images of endlessly self-indulgent electric guitar solos, overactive drummers buried deep behind epic drum kits, and seven string electric basses strapped up way too high. At best, it has given us timeless albums that were more sui generis than the mere mashup of distinct styles that it implies. With their album Infusion, Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro suggest a subtle alternative path to stylistic integration; the effectively present several diverse performance approaches all under a concert music umbrella. Taking a staple of modern guitar chamber repertoire like Radames Gnattali's Suite Retratos and infusing it with aspects of different improvising traditions leaves Gnattali's structural context in place. In their arrangement of the Tears for Fears classic, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Vieaux diligently reproduces various components of the multi-track original while infusing it with a soloing approach drawn from jazz. In Labro's arrangement of Piazzolla's "Escualo," the two infuse the song with contemporary references that blend with the original material. Also featured is Leo Brouwer's Tres Danzas Concertantes, which has been adapted by Julien Labro for this recording. Brouwer has drawn from Afro Cuban sources throughout his career, infusing his concert music with the vibrant rhythms and characteristic harmonic flavors of his native culture.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH (2014-06-09_2014-06-10&2014-).

The music of Latin America often doesn't fit nicely into classical or popular categories, and American guitarist Jason Vieaux and bandoneonist and accordionist Julien Labro take that idea and run with it on this thoroughly enjoyable little release from the Azica label from the rough streets of Cleveland's east side. Vieaux and Labro, at times accompanied by bass and drums jazz style, include a free arrangement of music by Astor Piazzolla (Escualo), who is a staple of such programs, and an adaptation of the Tres Danzas Concertante of the equally good and equally innovative Leo Brouwer, who is less often heard. Still less common, at least outside Brazil, is the Suite Retratos of Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali. This "portrait suite" depicts the music of four other Brazilian musicians, each in a few deft strokes. The piece may mean more to Brazilians or Brazilian music enthusiasts, but it's compact and colorful for anyone. Vieaux and Labro also look to American music with a Latin jazz work of Pat Metheny (who transfers beautifully to this context) and end with an arrangement of a Tears for Fears song, which is not at all out of place and elegantly throws into relief the currents of popular music that have run through the entire program. Superbly recorded at the Cleveland Institute of Music, this recording offers new directions in Latin American repertory and is satisfying from start to finish. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Tres Danzas concertantes, for guitar & piano
  • Performers: Jamey Haddad (Drums); Julien Labro (Accordion); Julien Labro (Bandoneon); Jason Vieaux (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958-1959

>Metheny, Pat : Antonia
  • Performers: Jamey Haddad (Drums); Julien Labro (Accordion); Julien Labro (Bandoneon); Jason Vieaux (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gnattali, Radamés : Suite Retratos, for 2 guitars
  • Performers: Jamey Haddad (Drums); Jamey Haddad (Percussion); Julien Labro (Accordion); Julien Labro (Bandoneon); Jason Vieaux (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
  • Performers: Jamey Haddad (Drums); Julien Labro (Accordion); Julien Labro (Bandoneon); Jason Vieaux (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Hughes, Chris [Drums] : Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  • Performers: Jamey Haddad (Drums); Julien Labro (Accordion); Julien Labro (Bandoneon); Jason Vieaux (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Ian Stanley (1957 - ), Roland Orzabal (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.