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Side-by-Side by Francis Jacob and the Flying Saucers

New York-based guitarist/composer Francis Jacob comes up with a novel approach here. In effect, he spins two distinct versions of the same compositions, segmented into a warmly acoustic set and alternated by renditions of the same material via his fluid electric guitar articulations. Jacob’s quasi-jazz/world music sound is sweetened a bit by chromatic harmonica performer Gregoire Maret. Throughout these harmonically appealing works enamored with memorable choruses, Jacob interestingly integrates Latin and Indo-jazz elements into his distinguishable modern jazz drenched musical persona. It’s a cross-cultural feast that bears a singular composite, which of course, is an impressive attribute in this post-bop heavy era.

On electric guitar, Jacob touches upon a jazz-fusion vibe, largely due to his slightly juiced-up sound and scope. With the piece titled "Paul (acoustic)," Jacob and Maret generate a quaint and somewhat ethereal framework atop Sato Takeishi’s vacillating percussion motif. And in other sequences, the quintet pursues East Indian modal concepts, where jazz music and indigenous folk musings coalesce in transparent fashion. Otherwise, the ensemble consummates the album with a rapidly-paced calypso undercurrent titled, "Playin’ Hookey (electric). In sum, Jacob garners 5 stars for ingenuity of execution to complement an attractive succession of musical events that offers staying power and subtle little pleasantries along the way.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Francis Jacob and the Flying Saucers
  • CD Title: Side-by-Side
  • Genre: Various Jazz Styles
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Four Stars
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