Very nice jazz from France.
There are a number of related posts on my site.
I received my cd of the Renaud Louis-Servais Group’s new album “Epic Circus” in the mail yesterday and treated myself to two full hearings this morning. It was a real treat! It is fine jazz fusion played by a top level crew of musicians [Renaud Louis-Servais, guitars; Henri Dorina, bass; Aurel Ouzoulias and Virgil Donati, drums; Christophe Cravero and Philippe Saisse, keyboard].
A gentle entry leads into “Carry’n” which begins the excitement with Renaud’s incisive guitar work providing the colorful and assured brushstrokes that give the music its primary colors.
I can’t give you a favorite track. They are all wonderful. Also, the album is carefully constructed (I think) like a tapestry; and, as with a rich tapestry, one cannot really say, “Oh, I like that corner, that little spot over there…”. Nonetheless, I will say that on both hearings I found myself exclaiming out loud at “When You’ve Got Nothing” and that the “Long Breath” in the midst of such thrilling music was very cool. But, no…Carry’n, Freedom, Zaku Patatu (composed by Philippe Saisse), Epic Circus, Techno City, and All Minor Blues…There is no way to choose a favorite track…and no reason! (There is not a weak track among them.) The album ends with thoughtful acoustic guitar in “The Beauty of Life”.
Renaud Louis-Servais is clearly a gifted composer as well as a great guitarist. He and his group of world-class musicians have produced a classic jazz fusion album that, in my opinion, will live on as such.
The album has been at the top of progressive/fusion charts and has received some very good reviews, for example:
The new RLSG (Renaud Louis-Servais Group) album is now available online.
You can listen to tracks at : http://rvrb.fm/1Iz6rjv (ReverbNation) or visit Renaud’s Facebook site. Renaud Louis-servais There is some very exciting fusion there performed by Renaud and other top-rate musicians. [Virgil Donati (drums), Ouzoulias Aurélien (drums), Philippe Saisse (kb), Christophe Cravero (kb) and Henri Dorina (bass)] … Tracks are available for purchase at iTunes:
Renaud Louis Servais. Teaching is a big part of Renaud’s musical life. One aspect is teaching fusion guitar at GuitareLive. Here is a part of his lesson…an improvisation on Scott Henderson’s (Tribal Tech) “Peru”. Renaud’s improvisations are always worth posting, in my opinion. (By the way, fans are eagerly awaiting the new Renaud Louis-Servais Group‘s “Epic Circus” album. Pretty soon, I think…)
This is a video of “Epic Circus” performed at a recording session in L.A. when Renaud and the others were there early this year. Exciting and colorful musical tapestry. This is just one track of an album which will be released soon.
Here are the Facebook sites of the other fine RLSG musicians. (Renaud above)
Here are some related posts:
Here is another post from Prog Sphere. I’ve posted a number of videos and other items of Renaud-Louis-Servais . Some of you may be interested in a recent interview (in English) where he discusses his work, development, musical practices, etc. I’ve become very interested in Renaud’s work and style during the last couple of years.
[Tina S fans…the largest percentage of my viewers…also may be interested in Tina’s guitar teacher. Many have wanted to know more about Renaud.]
Here is an interesting and fun compilation of recent progressive rock pieces recently posted by Renaud-Louis Servais on his Facebook page. It is, of course, on Prog Sphere YouTube channel. (RLSG – Renaud Louis-Servais Group is on track 8…”Epic Circus” that will soon be released on cd.) I am an admirer of Renaud and his group but there is a lot of other great stuff, too. (Here is the Prog Sphere website.)
01. El Circulo de Willis – El hombre entre la multitud 00:00–06:04
02. Malacoda – Cutting 06:06–10:01
03. Kes – Hak 10:03–15:37
04. Widek – Earthshine (feat. Plini) 15:38–20:09
05. Klone – Immersion 20:11–25:16
06. In The Presence of Wolves – Storm in a Red Dress 25:18–29:36
07. Vola – A Stare Without Eyes 29:39–34:32
08. Renaud Louis-Servais Group – Epic Circus 34:34–41:04
09. Father Figure – Schizophrenzy 41:05–46:26
“Lookout Farm” quartet
Fusion from 1974. Composed by Alphonse Mouzon. Mouzon on drums, vocal, etc. Tommy Bolin on guitar.
I thought I had posted this, but apparently not. Renaud has a number of wonderful improvisations on his YouTube site that I revisit time and again. This piece is a favorite without question!