French guitarist Jerome Barde has the goods to become a major force in modern jazz. Moreover, the liners to Melodolodie state that he has created and patented a guitar simply known as the "Bardophone, although he wasn't able to use that on this release."
Here, he performs on a strikingly resonant axe made by the French luther Frank Cheval.
Barde's energized performances are crafted with a guitar that possesses somewhat of a stereo sound.
This is a rapidly paced set, awash with jaunty swing grooves, reinforced by a top-notch bass/piano/drums trio, and also featuring a percussionist on two tracks.
Barde's fluent lines and complex chord voicings instill a sense of perpetual motion. The band effortlessly glides thru odd-metered Latin pulses and perky shuffle grooves, to complement a few stylistic and perhaps subliminal nods to Django and Strauss along the way.
The music often gravitates to soaring peaks amid vibrant rhythms and unwieldy twists and turns.
As a whole, the production is effervescent, powerful, and undeniably focused. No doubt, Barde is a promising composer and one heck of an improviser. Overall, this is an invigorating affair.
Zealously recommended. ~ Glenn Astarita Live Recording Recorded at Studio Du Val d'Orge, France in November 2000. Personnel: Jerome Barde (guitar); Baptiste Tratignon (piano); Vincent Artaud (bass); Daniel Bruno-Garcia (drums). Additional personnel: Arnold Moueza (percussion).