Guajira

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about

There are few things that can compare to the spiky beauty of an acoustic guitar and the keen snap of a drum. To the Canadian duo Guajira, they belong together, a marriage of sweet harmony and hard knocks.

Dismissing the clichés of guitar instrumental albums, which are often simply exercises of technical display, Guajira adopts the rhythm and flow of a real rock band but in the framework of an acoustic jazz act indebted to folk and Latin music. This self-titled release trims the fat from the usual excess found in wordless recordings, eclectic in its primary influences but never less than compelling from start to finish.

On “L’apothicaire,” the opening track, guitarist Jean-Francois Tremblay sets a dreamy tone, his hypnotic fingerstyle work drifting and falling as Luc Cloutier’s drums gradually build a sturdy backbeat. As the tempo rises, Tremblay and Cloutier dive headlong into an exhilarating jam. Cloutier’s drumming grows from steady to frenetic as Tremblay tosses in some bluesy slide guitar. It is truly magnificent. In “Rakuni,” Tremblay gives contemporary folk a shot of much-needed adrenaline with his wonderfully brittle riffs, and Cloutier pounds the skins with eagle-eye precision. “Rakuni” and “Livert Rurobert” reveals Guajira’s affection for Latin music but in a folk context that is utterly refreshing.

For a group with only two members, Guajira is surprisingly diverse in its sound. “Gypsy” has the dust-strewn swagger of a spaghetti Western soundtrack – one can already imagine Clint Eastwood walking moodily into a ghost town – while “Ariya Sacca” has the nighttime ambiance that is expected from an instrumental jazz piece such as this. None of the songs sound alike; they each have their own personality and quirks.

The music-theory cognoscenti will have much to savor as Tremblay and Cloutier are sharply skilled musicians; however, the real appeal of Guajira is in their ability to dazzle with magnetic hooks and cinematic textures.

source : JazzTime.com

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released June 2, 2009

-Jean-François Tremblay : Fingerstyle Guitar.
* Bass on track 4 and drums on track 7
-Luc Cloutier : Drums
* Guitar on track 4-7-10

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Guajira Sherbrooke, Québec

With their three albums, Guajira (2009), The Rainmaker E.P (2010) and Masala (2014), the band has rapidly built a strong group of fans across the world. Their blend of progressive and world music is now heard in Canada, United States, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Australia, Belgium and Germany to name a few ... more

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