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The Aristocrats


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4 stars THE ARISTOCRATS is originally to follow up on a dirty joke, it's mostly Guthrie, Bryan and Marco, 3 musicians who dipped their names into different bands; from rock fusion to heavy prog, from blues to jazzy progressive jazz- fusion. They took from the musical spirit of RETURN TO FOREVER, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, KING CRIMSON and UK, from the great Steve VAI, Joe SATRIANI, from ZAPPA for the avant-garde fusion side. Guthrie seen with ASIA and after GPS shows all his knowledge and deserves to be recognized for his talent. Album recorded following a sight of said musicians of the orchestra in question and final desire to go further with Wojtek LEMANSKI and his 22 classic pieces. Titles from the ARISTOCRATS discography mixed, reworked, re-imagined to magnify the presence of the orchestra, but let's take a look.

2013's "Culture Clash" sets the mood by showing the symbiosis that an orchestra can bring to a rock band; more syrupy jazzy variation, highlighting the guitar and rhythmic bass juggling with the classical orchestration of the strings; we come back to the psychedelic jazz of the MAHAVISHU ORCHESTRA. The battery sawed by violins and a disconcertingly fresh title. "Stupid 7" follows on a tonic register where nervousness and breaks with the strings hit the mark, perhaps even too much because too short. "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" and its classic intro with killer violins is a good thing, for a meditative journey eyeing intimate blues; the story is indeed that of pigs, to be taken in the 1st or 2nd degree with the legendary bandits; grandiloquent air for that, sinister and jovial as they loved each other before they were renegades. The final fusion makes it a Dantesque musical firework. "Dance of the Aristocrats" revamped synth, electro, vitaminized like a completely crazy VAI and RETURN TO FOREVER fusion; the nervous violins responding to the bass and a guitar solo by Guthrie assassin for the end.

"Through the Flower" masterpiece hard prog bluesy highlighting the three friends with the chamber orchestra 'furnishing' and revisiting the musical score to bring more warmth; long title with a bewitching atmosphere which passes easily like on those of BUCKETHEAD in bluesy-stoner mode; it vibrates and Guthrie blasts the air in a deafening finale of re-creativity.

"All Said and Done" with a pizzicato as an appetizer, a title where PRIMUZ steals the show with its presence, the musicians seeming to step back to show themselves only by solo touches including that of Bryan then Guthrie whirling. "Jack's Back" with twirling wisps of strings, leaping violin and near-perfect osmosis with the rock instruments that come stealthily and surgically; at 5 minutes it is dark and sinister chamber music like on a bald mountain! Yes, this association makes it possible to amplify the titles (I made the effort to re-listen to them originally) and this replay increases the ARISTOCRATS sound tenfold. "Ohhhh Noooo" for the fusion of the different musicians supported by a flight of violins for a long crescendo interspersed with dithyrambic bows; at this moment it is clear that it is indeed hard Rock, prog or bluesy which takes control of the jazzy velvets. "Last Orders" to conclude with the finally progressive bucolic piece in view of this oboe, this clarinet, these violins, this baroque atmosphere of the last title of 2019. Calm, pastoral, moving title declining as a perfect sweetness and a hot break on trumpets before Guthrie's guitar puts on a show; it goes down as if this break had not taken place, am I hypnotized? The second bluesy solo brings its final touch of emotion.

THE ARISTOCRATS have therefore taken the step of falling in love for the time of an album with the association with a classical orchestra; an alchemy that passes perfectly in view of the style they offer, its merged and merging breaker of drawers. Shocking art rock that boosts THE ARISTOCRATS sound, which shows that music is universal, which allows you to review the discography of the said group before ironing this unique album made of magnified covers. Album reminiscent of a new album in fact. Album leading to meditation and daydreaming, with a frantic and alkaline rhythm, a musical paradigm in all its probity.

alainPP | 4/5 |


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