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Guitare Mystique

by Jim Stubblefield

An instrumental musical adventure featuring virtuoso acoustic and electric guitars, strings, non-lyric vocals and world-fusion influences.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Saint-Tropez
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2. Caravan of Souls
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3. Azure
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4. Before the Storm
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5. Café Café
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6. Voyager Aeternam
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7. Moonlight Requiem
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8. Oculus Tempestatis
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9. Rumba Furiosa, Opus 2
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10. Sueño Pacífico
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Guitare Mystique" is a musical journey that ranges from "chill-out lounge" instrumentals to exciting "symphonic-world-fusion" explorations. The album features Jim Stubblefield's acoustic and electric guitar playing augmented by a roster of all-star guest artists. Jim is joined by bassist Randy Tico (Strunz & Farah, Airto Moreira), percussionist Ramon Yslas (Strunz & Farah, Jennifer Lopez, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn), percussionist Bryan Brock (Incendio, Frankie Valli), violist Novi Novog (Prince, The Doobie Brothers, Frank Zappa), vocalist Moksha Sommer (HuDost), guitarist Stephen Duros (Ottmar Liebert), guitarist Dan Sistos (Christina Aguilera, Assassin's Creed Soundtrack) and guitarist Eric Hansen (award winning recording artist). The album was co-produced and mixed by Bo Astrup.

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Helena Dee

EXPECT CROSS-CULTURAL SOUNDS WITH A SPRINKLE OF LATIN GUITAR FROM JIM STUBBLEFIE
Anyone who enjoys ensemble world-fusion music, cross-culture new age music, or Latin-flavored guitar, should check out the new album, GUITARE MYSTIQUE, by Jim Stubblefield, who is well-known both as a solo artist and as a co-founder of the popular touring and recording group Incendio. Best-known for playing acoustic nylon-string Latin-style guitar, Stubblefield adds to that sound on this new recording with the occasional steel-string acoustic as well as various electric guitars. He pulls influences from many countries and cultures and styles. This is gorgeous, melodic, world-fusion music not to be missed!

He gets strong support from violinist Novi Novog (a top pop music session player), bassist Randy Tico (well-known in world music) and versatile percussionist Ramon Yslas. Three other guitarists (Stephen Duros, Dan Sistos and Eric Hansen) make guest visits on one tune each. And several tracks include a female wordless vocalist in the background. The album contains many moods and tempos. Some of the tunes are relatively slow and mellow, but others, like “Oculus Tempestatis” (that one with some fast guitar picking) and “Rumba Furiosa, Opus 2” are upbeat. This is a very worthwhile recording.
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Marcus Gerakos

Expect the Unexpected!
Guitare Mystique features top-notch production quality and a pleasing variety of musical destinations, from the sensual, gently-unfolding melody of "Saint_Tropez" to the 5/8 guitar arpeggios creating tension against a sinuous 4/4 funk groove on "Caravan Of Souls". The album's tour de force, though, is "Rumba Furiosa, Opus 2" , with its Ottmar Liebert-inflected melody over a rumba flamenco groove that morphs first into church-like choral refrains and then to Baroque-styled electric guitar passages that recall Ritchie Blackmore's landmark work with Deep Purple and Rainbow. A return to the original melody and then a coda a la Yngwie Malmsteen. You can expect the unexpected with Guitare Mystique, a satisfying blend of stylistic twists and turns, with melody always at the fore. Highly recommended.
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Acoustically speaking Jim Stubblefield is one of the best in the business, his music has a true flavour and colour and can raise the rhythm’s or soothe the soul and here on his latest release he does both with ease.
You only have to listen to Saint Tropez, the first offering from his latest release Guitare Mystique and you will see why, so fluent and flowing and radiant, the performance here is defiantly sun kissed, the guitars both electric and acoustic work supremely well with the percussion to deliver a perfect opening piece.
As we move to Caravan of Souls we come across a beat driven arrangement that has a deep resonating bass and a magical guitar that draws with ease the narrative of the journey we are on, and at each Caravansary, we stop for water and wipe our brows in the heat of the day. Stubblefield has produced a little slice of perfection here, one that we can admire, one that will leave you jaw dropped at his amazing skills on guitar.
When I walk along our coastline here in Cyprus, sometimes I sit and watch the kingfishers fly across the Azure Ocean, and watch with pleasure the tides of nature take control of the day. The track Azure could easily be a soundtrack for that mental perambulation. There is an emotive deepness within this piece that I adore and a latent power that seems to float in the distance, in what is yet another very classy offering.
I have a weakness for any track that has the word storm in the title; I always feel the subject matter has such potential to produce something amazing. Stubblefield does not let me down on the track Before The Storm, and performs a piece that could easily be the backdrop to November here in the Mediterranean; our season of storms starts then, and like this piece, you can sense them from miles away, and await the roar of thunder and the flash of lightning. Stubblefield uses vocalisations, a rhythmic beat and moody keyboards to create that for us, the guitar is our hand on the tiller in this piece, and safely draws us into a simply amazing composition with sublime genius.
Now I have to be honest here, Jim dropped into our chat room for my Reconnections show and told me the back story behind this piece Café Café. This is Latin chill out at its best, and pays a cheeky tip of the hat to all of those tracks invented by artists that have the word Café in the title somewhere. Anyone for a Latte?
Now we have arrived at the longest song off the album and this one is called Voyager Aeternam. Now I think Aeternam means eternal, if this is so, Stubblefield has manifested something quite brilliant here, as the sound and tempo has that seasoned and ageless feel to it, a journey that lasts forever, the strings (Novi Novog) here add such a wonderful extra dimension to this arrangement.
Moonlight Requiem picks up the tempo very slightly, but has a real mournfulness about its energy, I have been that way recently with the loss of two friends and a family member, and in a way I think this is why this piece spoke to me, this is like a musical dark night of the soul, the strings here are almost eerie and the sombreness of the guitar, adds a true mortal energy to the composition.
Stubblefield is back on familiar terority now with this next piece called Oculus Tempestatis. The artist is in full Incendio mode here and the vocalisations by Moksha Summer were perfect. However don’t be fooled by the guitars, as Stubblefield performs for us on an electric guitar on this one, while the acoustic duties are handed to Stephen Duros, in what is a truly sensational composition.
So we find ourselves at the penultimate doorway of our journey with Jim Stubblefield and come across a track called Rumba Furiosa, Opus 2. This is classic Stubblefield and we even have a duel here with Dan Sistos on the composition. This partnership gives us a really fun number to dance away and tap our feet to.
The last port of call has been reached as we come to the end of the album, but before we go the artist would like to gift us one last musical offering to take along on our way. This present of tone and tune is extremely rhythmic and is called Sueno Pacifico. In a way it feels like we have come full circle, however this upbeat and quite sparkling opus really is the perfect way to leave in truth what has been a really delightful journey to have taken. The electric guitar adds weight to the composition in a Black Magic Woman kind of way.
Guitare Mystique is a breath of fresh air, a magical musical moment we all need from time to time. With each release Stubblefield just keep on getting better and in my view this is the best I have heard so far. This is an album packed with colour, movement, melody and passion, you will also find some of the best guitar based performances you will have heard for ages, which will leave you with only one sensible option, to buy this album as quick as you can and let the contents within, re-energize you as much as it did me.
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