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Jean-Luc Chevalier — Km 5 à Bangui
(Seventh Records A XII, 1994, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1996-03-01

Km 5 à Bangui Cover art

After a fairly long stint with Magma (from Attahk thru the Merci period), Jean-Luc Chevalier has also chosen to pursue the pure jazz avenue recently, much like many other Magma alumni (Vander, Paganotti, Gauthier). Chevalier's guitar work is surprisingly varied given the context within which he works here. Whether he is working busily on a nylon guitar backdrop, or soloing feverishly with a heavy lead guitar line, all of his playing is superb. And surprisingly sparse too. About 95% of the material here was written by Jean-Luc, but there are long stretches where the guitar is not featured at all. Perhaps Chevalier is stretching his compositional shops as well. The overall sound is very acoustic, with a lot of horn leads and arrangements, acoustic bass and a solid performance from the drummer Jean "Popof" Chevalier. While exploring both bluesy and avant garde forms of jazz, this is a very original and satisfying release that will please jazzers and guitarists alike.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Jean-Luc Chevalier

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