The recording Fuera by Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion) and Renaud Garcia-Fons (5 string upright bass) is simply incredible. The two perform compositions which are full of driving rhythms, odd time signatures, quiet passages which retain an urgency, humor (Le Byzantin) and amazing orchestration from those two instruments. Here are my thoughts on a few of the tracks and their arrangements:
Bari – If Bach wrote flamenco/appalachian organ music.
Mer Blanche – Steve Reich/Trent Reznor
Born to Play – WTF! Stanley Clark and Al Dimeola from Renaud. I don’t know what from Matinier…Chick Corea.
Upepidde - I hope those are overdubs!! Sounds like 5 guys making a bossa nova record. I hope those are overdubs!!
Munecas Animadas - Tour de force.
Perpetua – A chamber orchestra.
In short, full of that constantly unerring energy that makes great music, great music. These guys have something very special and rare. I am always astounded by the level of musicianship and perfection on the recordings of these two musicians and this is no exception. To listen to Fuera is an education in all things musical.
Jean-Louis Matinier – accordion
Renaud Garcia-Fons – bass