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Formato: Audio CD
An unanticipated surprise in the form of a new album is always welcome. And the star-studded cast of jazz, jazz fusion and progressive rock performers here is somewhat of an eye-opener, especially when considering that UK bassist Antoine Fafard (Spaced Out) is not a household name in the US. Gathering a supporting cast of this stature is no easy task. But, simply put, Fafard is a killer bassist, possessing gargantuan chops and an impressive compositional pen.
Antoine Fafard's recording career began with his band Spaced Out, who released their first album in 2000. By 2008 Spaced Out had recorded five studio albums, one live album and two DVDs, and had performed on international stages including Nearfest, USA in 2002 and Crescendo, France in 2006. In 2010, Antoine decided to begin recording under his own name, without the limitations of the band format. His first solo album, 'Solus Operandi', released in August 2011, features more than an hour of original instrumental music by Antoine, working with a total of 13 collaborators, including world-class performers such as Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern), guitarist Jerry De Villiers Jr and drummer Magella Cormier. 'Solus Operandi' was composed on electric fretless bass and classical guitar, after Antoine reacquainted himself with the guitar following many years focusing on the bass.
Which brings us to 2013 and the release of Antoine's highly anticipated new solo album, 'Occultus Tramitis'. The music on 'Occultus Tramitis' differs between the tracks, and the fusion of influences that characterizes Antoine's music means it doesn't fall easily into a single style or genre. However, the album was composed as a complete work. Melodic aspects are beautifully realized by Jerry Goodman, who is featured on more than half of the tracks among odd time signatures, multiple modulations and rhythmical illusions. There are exceptional performances from all Antoine's collaborators, including spectacular solos. Fafard employs all-universe drummers Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Terry Bozzio, and Gavin Harrison. It's a justifiable tactic, since gifted bassists deserve to perform with their peers to maximize the rhythmic component.
The pristine audio sound is an added ingredient that underscores a very detailed and capacious soundscape. Otherwise, the album presents a varied track mix, whether its guitar hero Scott Henderson's roaring riffs on "The Chamber," featuring Weckl's super-speed polyrhythmic drum solo or "Holding Back Time," comprised of difficult time signatures, blazing unison runs and Goodman's soaring notes. Here, the musicians yield foreboding implications and an invigorating dynamic.
Fafard overlays classical and electric guitar on several tracks, while showing complete command of the electric bass via glimmering runs, corpulent bottoms or when harmonizing with Goodman or the lead guitarists. He kindles remembrances of Jaco Pastorius on the trio piece "Funkevil," where he pumps and thumps through intricate maneuvers, supporting Goodman's torrid wah-wah induced solo and Martin Maheux's zesty drumming.
Fafard takes a giant leap on to the jazz fusion vista, bearing numerous rewarding factors on this high quality effort.