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JEAN-PIERRE LOUVETON

Crossover Prog • France


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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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4.25 | 8 ratings
Bienvenue Sur La terre
2002
3.18 | 9 ratings
Noir & Blanc
2003
3.42 | 14 ratings
Cannibales
2005
3.42 | 14 ratings
Retrospections Volume 1
2008
3.94 | 29 ratings
MMXIV
2014
3.89 | 19 ratings
Retrospections Volume II
2016
4.07 | 69 ratings
Le Livre Blanc
2017

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 Retrospections Volume II by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.89 | 19 ratings

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Retrospections Volume II
Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars As with the first album in this series, this album is based on unpublished music written by Jean-Pierre Louveton between 1992 and 2005, although this does also include songs from his first three albums which have been rearranged and re-recorded by the musicians playing live with him, as these would form part of the set list.

Released in 2016, this doesn't feel like a put-together compilation, but rather that this was an album which was conceived as an entity in its own right. Some of the songs feature just JPL, whereas others are by a full band, and we move from hard rock through progressive to areas that are more acoustic, but always with passion and forethought.

Drummer on the album, is Ludovic Moro who of course played with JPL in Wolfspring while Nemo's keyboard player Guillaume Fontaine is also very much in evidence, both musicians who have played with JPL for a large number of years, and this comes through very much in the music. It would be possible for this release to be seen as a 'stop gap' between 'MMXIV' and 'Le Livre Blanc', as it follows on from the 2008 album, but that would be incredibly unfair as this is a dynamic and enjoyable album in its own right, and flows and rocks, and in no way sounds like a collection of material from times past.

I have always enjoyed JPL, both solo and with his various bands, and this is yet another incredibly strong addition to his canon

 Le Livre Blanc by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 69 ratings

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Le Livre Blanc
Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars One of the finest French prog groups has decided to go on an extended sabbatical, leaving on a very high note with the release of the spectacular 'Coma' in 2015, a work that garnered seemingly universal praise from a wide swath of prog fans that span all genres. Yes, Nemo is gone, so I guess Coma is aptly titled, still plugged into a recharge battery system and perhaps they will return soon refreshed and exciting. Guitarist and guiding light Jean Pierre Louveton (JPL) always had a parallel solo career that began back in 2002 , so it's with a certain amount of trepidation that ' le Livre Blanc' is released in 2017, surely a manner of keeping the muse fed and content. Two of his Nemo band mates, Guillaume Fontaine on piano and drummer Jean-Baptiste Itier help round out the guest list, together with drummer Ludovic Moro, bassist Sebastien Delestienne and vocalists Steph Honde and Lazuli's Dominique Leonetti. Truth is Louveton handles most of the instrumentation, namely all the guitars, bass, vocals, keyboards, programming and percussion. He is a tremendous player both in the acoustic and electric realm, carving out quite a reputation, in the course of his Nemo and solo career. The cover art is outstanding, medieval stained glass windows, 'ogive' arches, heroic figurines that hint at famed chevaliers Bayard and du Guesclin and a sense of mystery and passion that begs discovery.

'Un Livre Ouvert' (Open Book) raises the velvety curtains with rustic acoustic guitar that only serves to set into motion the countrified lick (I swore I heard 'Sweet Home Alabama' for a sec) that motors the track, as JP's hushed voice navigates page to page, recounting a story of one's unending skepticism about life and the sinewy road towards some kind of salvation. The heavily treated guitar takes some sensational directions, egged on by loopy synth maneuvres, pleading, urging and begging for some kind of resolution. Itier mans the drums perfectly, as he always does, constantly innovative and detail oriented.

The brooding 'L'Hermite' is definitely a high point, a 9 minute romp that swerves from soft to hard and then back again, layered with massive melancholic riffs, Fontaine's lavish piano and a solid rhythmic foundation, on which the tortured guitar leads flutter and caress, the lonely orphaned voice poignant and afraid. A world class track that deserves to heard over and over again, in fact becoming more enjoyable with each pass. The contrasts are stunningly effective and induce a profound sense of beyond.

Change of pace on a delirious track like the rocky 'Joker', where the guitars become crunchy and tainted with old school absurd, a cocktail of pervading riffs and slick electric licks that keep the pressure on. The wild bluesy English vocals from Steph Honde are clearly different in tone and style from JP's usual and distinctive delivery. Pushed along by Moro's pulsating beat, this is quite the departure and a welcome one at that! Hot, tectonic, spewing and erupting, the exuberance is manifest and clearly there for sheer enjoyment. Buoyed by an insistent bass motif, 'Trompe la Mort' is a more unperturbed piece, a somber ballad scorched by a troubled vocal, a smooth atmosphere that soothes the frazzled soul, fooling death once again, duping fate as it's dealt by the master of destiny. Groovy acoustic guitar work underscores the delicacy of the music and a persistent chorus that sears the memory banks, I could hum this forever! Tropical percussion gives this a glowing midnight sun feel that is simply delicious.

Bombast returns with 'L'Etoile du Nord', the lyrics are devastating in despair, a cry out for the guidance of the Northern Star, a personal beacon of light that can show the way once again, out of the darkness and into a better future. Musically resolute and persevering, the howling background choir expanding the symphonics with gusto, the powerful piece unites soft acoustic fragility with a strong melancholic rage, solitude hurting as the axe rages, undeterred. A song about love, faith and courage. A lighthouse in the middle of a vast and arid desert. Fantastic. A perfect segue is the mournful 'Convol'ances', the next step in the healing process, where memory and guilt hold hands and a breath-taking vocal is paralleled by a sublime guitar melody, peeling off to sizzle in evident agony and a binary drum syncopation that portrays loss and dysfunction. Louveton takes his frenzied and pained guitar out of the dark tunnel and into the light, slowly ascending, determined yet deeply wounded, perhaps forever more.

Manic and propulsive assault and battery is next with the monstrous 'La Peste et le Cholera' , two devastating epidemics that once ravaged Middle Ages Europe set to musical form, channeled by diseased guitars, feverish drum beats and bone breaking drum salvos. This is where JP gets to unleash a blizzard of notes, torturing, molding, cracking and bleeding all over the fret board, proving what a master axeman he is. A second section with spoken English words from none other than Ravi Shankar sets the pressure down to tolerable levels, letting a delightful bass solo to bloom from guest Delestienne , a weak-kneed moment for your truly!

History is never far away in the French psyche, 'Jehanne' seems to be dedicated or inspired by one of France's perennial heroes, namely Joan of Arc, the virgin of Orleans who fought off , albeit temporarily, both The English invaders as well the corrupt French church. She placed an inept and weak French king on the throne only to die, burnt at the stake in Rouen. This is where prog can really shine, recounting vivid historical events and coating them with contemporary armor, bringing back to life both legend and spirit, perhaps the greatest victims of today's society that has stopped dreaming. Ten minutes plus of athletic music gloriously presented, heroic in delivery, bold in action and stunning in emotion. The thrashing guitars emote on a multitude of levels, insistent and desperate, conveying the well-recorded drama that still fills history books.

The instrumental finale 'Le Livre Blanc' (the White Book) puts this exhilarating work to bed, while keeping the comatose Nemo alive, with a magnificent symphonic exercise, a perfect platform for Louveton' s dazzling guitar skills, which he is thankfully immodest to display. The flexible notes, the scouring leads, the clanging riffs, a fine bass undertow that keeps the lien straight and narrow, this is pure progressive heaven. Thank you Kev Rowland for inspiring me to hunt this down real fast, I follow your advice. You guys now follow mine, now. Sort of a prog version of 'Pay it Forward'.

5 White Books

 Le Livre Blanc by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 69 ratings

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Le Livre Blanc
Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

And so, onto the brand-new release from JPL. In between this and the last one there has been a Nemo album, and another solo work, and this time he is back with additional musicians (including two of his Nemo bandmates in Guillaume Fontaine and Jean Baptiste Itier). Mind you, that is no excuse for Jean Pierre to sit back and relax, as he still provides all guitars as well as bass, vocals, keyboards, programming, and percussion. There is a strength in this album, nearly a harshness, as the vocals are full of passion. Combining this with the multi-layered and incredibly well constructed and arranged music creates an atmosphere where the listener is soon inside a world very much of JPL's making. There is some wonderfully fluid and complex piano underlying some of these songs, and this provides a solid basis for JPL to multi-track guitars so that he then has somewhere to lay some inspirational solos against. "L'ermite" is a case in point, where music goes from layered and bombastic to simple and almost acoustic, before coming back with a real bang.

I feel at home inside the album, able to curl up and let the warmth, power and passion of this album wrap itself around me, as if the rest of the world no longer exists. I keep coming back to it and finding more to enjoy each time, as if I am slowly unwrapping the layers. There is a groove at times, and at others it is more thoughtful, demanding you to pay attention. Complex but never over the top, this is always accessible and completely enjoyable. Yet another great work from Jean Pierre Louveton, and I look forward to his next with great interest.

 MMXIV by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 29 ratings

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MMXIV
Jean-Pierre Louveton Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

So, no prizes for guessing when Jean Pierre Louveton, aka JPL, released this album. He of course made his name with Nemo, surely one of the very finest progressive bands to come out of France, where he provided guitars and vocals, while here he is pretty much on his own, with just a few friends helping here and there. As would be expected, this is a complex album, with many layers, and with most of the vocals in French I found myself treating these as another instrument. This is progressive rock music that is based around complex and often quite heavy guitar, and that works just fine for me.

JPL can slow it down, such as on the introduction to 'L'un Contre L'autre', where he allows the guitar to sing and shine with vibrancy, or he can turn it up and provide a much heavier style of music, with multi-tracked guitars, and while it never quite moves into prog metal territory there is plenty of bite and attack. It is this contrast that makes this album such a delight to listen to. True, his vocals are emotional and fraught, and provides a fragility and humanity that works well with the more complex and structured music. There is a feeling that he is on the edge, and it is the music that keeps pulling him back from the abyss, from the darkness, although he does allow just some of it to feed into the album. He has a wonderful guitar sound, rich and warm with plenty of depth, no shallow or single attack for him, this is all about structuring complex music so that it is warm and all-encompassing. This is a superb album, that needs to be investigated by all those into good music.

 Noir & Blanc by LOUVETON, JEAN-PIERRE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.18 | 9 ratings

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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
3.42 | 14 ratings

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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
3.42 | 14 ratings

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Cannibales
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!



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