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Jacques Stotzem - Catch The Spirit, Vol.2 (2013)

2-02-2014, 08:40
Music | Instrumental | Folk | Rock

Jacques Stotzem - Catch The Spirit, Vol.2 (2013)

Artist: Jacques Stotzem
Title Of Album: Catch The Spirit, Vol.2
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Acoustic Music Records
Genre: Acoustic Guitar, Contemporary Folk
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 47:09 Min
Total Size: 114 Mb


01. Honky Tonk Women (M.Jagger/K.Richards)
02. Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)
03. Going To California (J.Page/R.Plant)
04. Tattoo'd Lady (Rory gallagher)
05. Wild Horses (M.Jagger/K.Richards)
06. Come As You Are (Kurt Cobain)
07. Don't Know Where I'm Going (Rory Gallagher)
08. Paris Texas (Ry Cooder)
09. Like A Hurricane (Neil Young)
10. Mercury Blues (K.C. Douglas/R.Geddins)
11. The Road (Danny O' Keefe)

Jacques Stotzem (born 1959 in Verviers, Belgium) is an acoustic fingerstyle guitar player. He has recorded 3 vinyl albums and 11 CDs, and collaborated with numerous musical projects and other artists. After having seen, at the age of 16, the American guitar player Stefan Grossman on TV, he taught himself to play the guitar and became a professional musician at the age of 19. He first played in bands and as an accompanist before starting a solo career.
Jacques Stotzem has developed a personal and harmonically refined style, drawing from many different sources such as blues, jazz, rock and folk. He plays with fingerpicks on the thumb and two fingers of the right hand, using the guitar to produce unusual percussive sounds and harmonic effects.He has become a regular guest at the most important European and American festivals and tours around the world, including countries like Japan, China and Taiwan.
Astoundingly multi-facetted and with an incredible drive on just six strings, with contagious delight in playing and loving attention to details in the arrangements, the Belgian convinces listeners not only in his rocky, upbeat firecrackers but also in his lyrical ballades and titles in which he effortlessly lets their Delta Blues roots shine through.On the first "Catch The Spirit", Belgian fingerstyle maestro Jacques Stotzem showcased his skills for arranging classic rock songs for the acoustic guitar. With tunes by Sting, Hendrix, Neil Young, and others, it really did catch the spirit and fire the imagination. But one album was never going to be enough and so Stotzem set to work on "Catch The Spirit II", getting down with stellar hits by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Ry Cooder, Nirvana, Rory Gallagher, Neil Young and others.
Such a project is fraught with peril and opens the arranger and performer to biting criticism and even ridicule should he get it wrong. Street-corner buskers bash these tunes out on a regular basis, but it takes a real master to capture all the nuances of a song and put down a faithful and beautiful arrangement, while also bringing something new to the table. This is exactly what Stotzem has done. And all with just an acoustic guitar! It’s one thing to play some obscure piece of fingerstyle, but to present a tune that everybody knows like the back of their hand and to do it with style and panache in a solo acoustic guitar setting is a real achievement.
Jacques kicks off this tour de force with a storming version of "Honky Tonk Women", stamped nicely with some nifty slide work, and keeps his pedal firmly to the metal with a rousing rendition of "Hey Joe". Here the Belgian ace distills the Hendrix version, riffing hard, adding his signature fingerprint and phrasing.I think you’ll find it’s got all the Hendrix you want in there, with some extra Stotzem style points thrown in for good measure.
Next up is a sublime and lyrical offering of Led Zep’s "Going To California", a tune ideally suited to a fingerstyle foray. Then Rory Gallagher’s "Tattoo’d Lady" gets the Stotzem treatment. This is followed by an emotionally charged "Wild Horses" and a cool-ass romp through Cobain’s "Come As You Are". It’s back to Rory for the next track – "Don’t Know Where I’m Going" and Jacques pulls off a fantastic piece of ragtime guitar. Award-winning stuff that will have every fingerpicker begging and badgering Jacques for the tab. The next tune was a brave decision! Taking on Ry Cooder’s "Paris Texas" is a tall order – Ry’s slide sound on the original movie soundtrack is a tough act to follow. Luckily, Stotzem’s slide chops are up to the mark and this version captures the spirit just fine! Jacques achieves a softer, more fluid sound than the original, but it’s beautifully played and produced. The album finishes with spirited versions of "Like A Hurricane", "Mercury Blues" and a final filigree flourish on Danny O’Keefe’s quintessential seventies singer-songwriter ballad, "The Road" ( rendition based on Jackson Browne's version) .
The nuances of the songs presented are captured and filtered through Jacques’s inimitable arranging and playing skills. All the fills, trills, solos, groove and feel of the originals are incorporated in this storming collection that firmly and faithfully catches the spirit. Jacques Stotzem rocks. With acoustic inspiration!

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