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Sylvain Luc: Joko

Tempted though we may be to ascribe to dazzling French guitarist Sylvain Luc the “Euro-jazzer” tag, the label is not only ill-fitting, but the musician neatly demonstrates the slipperiness of geo-typing jazz players. On Joko, Luc’s latest-and mostly acoustic-guitar-oriented album, the nimble-fingered and nuanced Gypsy-blooded Basque player broaches musical turf with roots in American and European influences, and ultimately opts for universality.

With strong players like pianist Jacky Terrasson, clarinetist Michel Portal and harmonica ace Olivier Ker-Ourio in tow, Luc covers the kind of chamber-folk-jazz terrain of Europe-inflected models like Oregon and Pat Metheny in his more unplugged moments-especially on “Folk Print” and “Gangui.”

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