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Mediterraneo by Marc Antoine

Mediterraneo is breezy, non-offensive Latin-tinged contemporary guitar music that will not blaze any new trails but will offer hours of calm, non-threatening enjoyment. Mr. Antoine has a great ear for contemporary jazz hooks and quite a knack for assembling a bit of a concept recording. Classically trained, chops to burn, and an impressive resume on board, Mr. Antoine is a total package artist. Composition, performance, arrangement, he covers all with grace and refinement.... perhaps too much of the latter.

Mediterraneo is very closely produced, and thus so, will appeal to the adult contemporary crowd. He plays a nylon-stringed acoustic throughout the disc, flexing his muscles on the upbeat pieces and performing tenderly on the ballads. I should love to here a release from Mr. Antoine without the plush production, perhaps playing traditional Latin repertoire. But for the time being, cue up the title track and see what an abundance of talent will do for one.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Marc Antoine
  • CD Title: Mediterraneo
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Rendezvous Records
  • Tracks: Cubanova; Funky Picante; Mediterraneo; Preludio; Castellana Hood; Afromenco; Señor Groove; Gotham; Lady Gringo; Alejandro’s Lullaby.
  • Musicians: Marc Antoine—Guitars; Luis Conte—Percussion; Jan Fabricky—Drums; Fred Gaillardet Keyboards; Jimmy Haslip—Bass; Lulo Perez—Trumpet.
  • Rating: Three Stars
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