Ways 3 — Ways 3
((Not on label) JLH-0390, 1990, CD)
by Mike Ohman, Published 1994-08-01Ways 3 is a duo of two French multi-instrumentalists: Noel Gaultier (guitar, bass, vocals, rhythm programming) and Jean-Luc Hamonet (guitar, flute, sax, synth). Due to the brevity of the album (only 31 minutes), I suppose this may have originally been a demo, independently released when it didn't go anywhere. Basically, this is light jazz-fusion, with the emphasis on the jazz. Gentle flute and sax melodies are pitted against jazzy Joe Pass-styled guitar plucking. All the drums are apparently electronic, but done very tastefully, obviously due to the style of the music. Only one song deviates from the style, "Rock des Loups,” which sort of reminds me of Minimum Vital. There is some light vocalizing on "Tojours Aimer,” but otherwise the album is instrumental. Overall, not something to go out of your way to obtain, but easy on the ear; a nice album to zone out to after a stressful day, I guess.
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