Claude Barthelemy – Admirabelamour

Guitar-led jazz from large ensemble in multifarious styles

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Guitarist Barthelemy has spent much of his career working with orchestras, both jazz and classical, and on this album he teams up again with the 13-piece Orchestre National De Jazz. Stylistically various, the programme here ranges from wild free-form to tightly arranged passages, sometimes in pastiche mood. Whether this adds up to a convincing whole is problematic. At its best, this is exciting, exploratory Euro-jazz; at its worst, it seems somewhat aimless.

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