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Jean-Pierre Louveton is the guitarist from the promising French progrock band NEMO. This is his third solo album featuring the new NEMO bass player Lionel B. Guichard along other guest musicians.

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Nemo guitar player has succeeded to make a pleasant and varied album that has some echoes from NEMO but in general sounds very original featuring JPL his fiery and heavy electric guitar work.

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4.00 | 8 ratings
Bienvenue Sur La terre
3.11 | 9 ratings
Noir & Blanc
3.32 | 12 ratings
3.28 | 10 ratings
Retrospections Volume 1
3.92 | 25 ratings
3.64 | 14 ratings
Retrospections Volume II
4.00 | 2 ratings
Le Livre Blanc

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 Noir & Blanc by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.11 | 9 ratings

Noir & Blanc
Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars French guitarist/bassist/singer Jean-Pierre Louveton begun his career as a teenager in late-80's with the Heavy Metal band Anesthesia, moving to several small groups in the 90's, like Hard Rock band Lazy Lizard, Funk Rock act Lazy, Jazz/Fusion band No Comprendo and others, before settling at the end of the decade, forming Nemo, one of the significant names of later-day Prog.Simultaneously he started working on solo albums, releasing ''Bienvenue sur la terre'' in 2002 and ''Noir & blanc'' the following year.Among the album's participants one finds Nemo's keyboardist and Louveton's bandmate Guillaume Fontaine.

''Noir & blanc'' is a nice example of Louveton's diversity as a composer.Basically a Guitar Rock release, ''Noir & blanc'' borrows influences from French Rock, Jazz/Fusion, Progressive Rock and Pop Rock and mixes them into a decent amalgam of instrumental and vocal tracks, that sounds charming, though not as compelling or even powerful as NEMO's works.Part of the album sounds like later-era ANGE or MONA LISA, residing into the melodic side of French Art Rock and containing very warm vocal parts and a few striking melodies, followed by memorable themes, always led by Louveton's guitar runs.The instrumental ones are a different story.They remind a lot of Canadian bands in the vein of KARCIUS and SPACED OUT, heavily driven by Louveton's virtuosic guitar workouts and dynamic solos amd having overall a strong Jazz/Fusion edge.At moments the musician seems to visit his early career with the music being based on angular riffs and more powerful rhythm guitars in the harder moments or even having a funky vibe in the shorter instrumental pieces.Fontaine's contribution, although rather limited, adds a beautiful color in the instrumental parts, offering good orchestral keyboards or more atmospheric synth lines, not very far from the work of the duo with NEMO.

This album has a chance to be appreciated by a wide range of Rock fans.Guitar Rock buffers will taste another decent discovery, lovers of French Art/Rock will get another enjoyable listening and followers of more technical and Fusion works will be blown away by Louveton's accomplished talent.Recommended.

 Retrospections Volume 1 by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.28 | 10 ratings

Retrospections Volume 1
Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars

In my mission to support lesser known and unknown new progrock band and artists on this site, I would like to focus on monsieur JP Louveton, guitarplayer of the exciting and acclaimed new French progrock band Nemo. In 1987 he discovered the guitar and taught himself to play on it. Soon JP started to write many compositions, playing in several bands and he made 3 solo albums, this brandnew compilation CD Retrospections is his fourth. In the booklet of this CD I read that JP wrote lots of material between 1991 and 1997, he has decided to put this on CD, along with two new compositions from and the final part of Extreme Stress/ Décompression from 1995 is also written in 2007. In two of the 12 tracks JP sings, the rest is instrumental.

On Retrospections Volume 1 we can enjoy varied and tastefully arranged songs, featuring a strong rhythm-section and JP with often powerful guitarplay but also more mellow and moving work: from swinging with powerful guitar runs and wah-wah drenched solos in Silence Dans La Salle and Extrême Stress / Décompression and a blend of jazz and funk in No Comprendo (including a 'slap' bass solo, inventive keyboard arrangements and again wah-wah drenched guitarplay) till dreamy with twanging electric guitar and fine use of the volume pedal in Loins, a slow rhythm with fiery guitar runs and wonderful classical orchestrations in Cathedrales and two songs with warm French vocals and pleasant twanging acoustic guitar ( Soleil D'Hiver and En Un Clin D'Oeil). My favorite is the composition Du Temps De Louis delivering fluent piano flights and powerful guitarplay, blended with exciting guitar riffs and organ waves, in m y opinion the only song that sounds like his band Nemo. In the final song Au Revoir, A Jamais (swinging bass work and delicate Fender piano play) I trace his appreciation for guitar hero Steve Vai, what an exciting heavy guitar sound.

If you like prog and guitar, this is music to check out, on JP Louveton his website you can listen to samples of his four solo albums. My rating for this latest effort: 3,5 stars.

 Cannibales by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.32 | 12 ratings

Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Jean-Pierre Louveton is the guitarist from the very promising French progrock band NEMO. This is his third solo album, I haven't heard the other two but I'm impressed by this effort. I would like to call it 'progressive guitar rock' because the focus is on JP Louveton his guitarplay (he also has invited other guitarplayers) but every song sound tasteful and elaborated, this is far more than guitar-rock

Most compositions on this solo CD are very original , every one has its own climate featuring many great musical ideas (only "Comme les autres" sounds a bit too longwinding) and exciting guitarwork, a bit similar to ARJEN LUCASSEN (AYREON) at some moments. The French vocals often sound strong and expressive with that typical French theatrical undertone. The new NEMO bass player Lionel B. Guichard plays a fine role on the alternating track "St. Petrole" (ethnic flute, acoustic rhytm guitar, heavy guitar soli and some sensational breaks). The keyboards are on the background, only "Guest star war" delivers a spectacular synthesizer solo. This track is also one of the higlights, what a sensational heavy guitarplay from JP Louveton and the three guest guitarists featuring splendid guitarplay interplay, propulsive heavy guitar riffs and great soli, from howling and biting to wah-wah drenched, this is GUITAR HEAVEN! But the titletrack has many exciting moments too, it's the most symphonic composition featuring great guitarplay, strong vocals and wonderful keyboards in the compelling final part.

JP Louveton has delivered a captivating solo CD that showcases his great talents on the guitar, from warm acoustic rhythm guitar to heavy propulsive guitar riffs and spectacular fiery and biting soli, RECOMMENDED TO EVERY HEAVY GUITAR AFICIONADO!

Thanks to erik neuteboom for the artist addition.

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