Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio: Arcoluz jazz review by Jerry D’Souza, published on October 4, Find thousands reviews at All About Jazz!. French bass virtuoso Renaud Garcia-Fons has grown into a living legend, both for his breathtaking technique and his talent as a composer. A dazzling performer . Renaud Garcia-Fons, the extraordinary French/Spanish double-bass virtuoso, brings together fans of folk and world music, lovers of classical.

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It appears that Garcia-Fons has it too. This is why listening Arcoluz makes for such a magnificent experience. Yet the bass is neither a traditional nor an oriental instrument. Once you get past the fact that Renaud Garcia-Fons was making a case for his Oriental-sounding bull-fiddle on that eponymous album, he was defining his voice, the sounds he hears and dreams in and the resultant music in his extraordinary art.

It bears mention that the title of the album, Arcoluz and its first track, of the same name, set the tone and manner of the music to follow.

Listening to the CD, hearing music that you can only hear performed live, may be a daunting task. Notes assault the pleasure centers of the brain. You begin to gasp in wonder at the technical abilities of the musicians. Then you also find yourself moved by the consummate dynamics of the group playing music that is steaming with passion.

It is music of genius, but also music that bubbles out of a soul consumed by the fervor at the center of its very being. Track after track leaves you breathless, each with a lyrical beauty or a feverish energy all its own.

Renaud Garcia-Fons, Arcoluz

On “Anda Loco,” Garcia-Fons traverses the entire soundscape of his five bass strings. Especially when he bows in the absolutely upper-register ostensibly by the bridge or just below, between bridge and tailpiece. Clearly his intent to add that 5th string was no mere fanciful act. Ruiz’s choruses suggest a technician of the highest order and Trasante pulls out his full bag of tricks from the cajon that box, which houses the resonant strings, on which the percussionist sits to claves, cowbell, rushes of passion on snare, punctuated by splashes of cymbals.


Apart from the obvious significance of the “40 days,” there is an almost mystical fervor in this piece. Its probing motion also suggests an expansion of musical articulation reminiscent of saxophonist John Coltrane. Almost magically, Ruiz appears to coax a piano-like sound out of his guitar, a tribute to his extraordinary touch. This is the definitive trio piece and the definitive Garcia-Fons credo: The dynamic tension in this piece is dramatic and will lead the listener to dizzying heights before bringing him or her down to the earth pulsating with primal song.

Its detailing is sharper by contrast. Negrito Trasante is particularly spectacular as he solos on a spectacular wrcoluz of percussion instruments tuned at such a wide variety of the known tonal spectrum, that he succeeds rennaud creating a new rhythmic soundscape all his own. The companion DVD in this twin package features 85 minutes of music and visual footage.

Also shot live, this is a splendid opportunity to discover what makes Renaud Garcia-Fons the unique musician that he is. That his virtuosity is unbridled is a foregone conclusion. He must surely be well on the way to becoming one with his own teacher, Francois Rabbath, and this suggestion is made at great risk of blasphemy: You will also marvel at Garcia-Fons’s extraordinary ability to bow and strike the strings at the same time creating the spectacular introduction to “Entremundo.

The DVD also makes eminently clear just how much of the rebaud is composed and how much is improvised a great deal. The viewer will see just how the dynamic of the gacria is built.

Ruiz and Trasante are vital forces, as much involved in the development of the ideas in the music as is Garcia-Fons, whose dominance may also be a factor simply because of the frequency response of his instrument.

There is also the fact that the bass is firmly front and center of the trio, which suggests the Renaud Garcia-Fons’s contribution to the development of the instrument. But even the Mediterranean has the blues. And where did it all originate if not in Africa, a continent that resounds deeply in the music arocluz Renaud Garcia-Fons?

The production-values of the DVD are also top-flight. Antoine Canella and Bertrand Fara, the directors of photography, and the camera work of Bechir Benfaida, deserve huge credit. The mixing skills of Walter Quintus and the mastering of Antoine Demantke cannot be over-emphasized.

This must rank with some of the finest digital recording and mastering on disc. The bonus interviews with English, French, German and Spanish subtitles mean that this DVD will have greater appeal than anyone can imagine.

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