Exposé Online banner

Ways 3 — Ways 3
((Not on label) JLH-0390, 1990, CD)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1994-08-01

Ways 3 Cover artWays 3 is a duo of two French multi-instrumentalists: Noel Gaultier (guitar, bass, vocals, rhythm programming) and Jean-Luc Hamonet (guitar, flute, sax, synth). Due to the brevity of the album (only 31 minutes), I suppose this may have originally been a demo, independently released when it didn't go anywhere. Basically, this is light jazz-fusion, with the emphasis on the jazz. Gentle flute and sax melodies are pitted against jazzy Joe Pass-styled guitar plucking. All the drums are apparently electronic, but done very tastefully, obviously due to the style of the music. Only one song deviates from the style, "Rock des Loups,” which sort of reminds me of Minimum Vital. There is some light vocalizing on "Tojours Aimer,” but otherwise the album is instrumental. Overall, not something to go out of your way to obtain, but easy on the ear; a nice album to zone out to after a stressful day, I guess.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 4, 1990 releases

Related artist(s): Ways 3

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Thomas Kugler - Lilith: The Rock Opera – Based on the play by Remy de Gourmont, this rock opera adaptation is composed by Kugler. It features God, Satan, Adam, Eve, Lilith, and various angels and assorted baddies. Instrumental backing is...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues