Pete Oxley Nicolas Meier, The Colours Of Time, 2017
The latest solo album from Nicolas Meier was discussed here not that long ago. I loved that very much for its richness in melody and fabulous guitar playing. And now he is back already with partner in crime Pete Oxley, who turns out to be of the same calibre. And together they serve a double album no less.
The first CD is the aptly titled Duo with 10 songs with them both playing a wide variety of guitars. Electric and acoustic, nylon or steel string and even a fretless one. Their playing is full of warmth and feel. It is obvious they are both extremely talented as they shine in their solo spots. But to me they keep their eyes and ears firmly on the song and deliver some tasty tunes here. Special mention for A Piece For Peace, which is carried once more by heavenly melodies and is soooo beautiful. The fretless playing sounds a bit Eastern, but is intriguing none the less.
The second album is named Quartet for obvious reasons. Yes, they are joined by Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Ralph Mizraki on all sorts of basses. This leads to 8 songs of the same exquisite playing, but understandably more bottom and rhythm. At the moment my favourite song here is Tales. the melancholy here one can almost taste.
So I can recommended this set for anyone who appreciates guitar playing, melody and doesn’t mind a bit of jazz thrown in.