from Paris U-NAM aka Emmanuel Abiteboul recently moved to USA, where
he is performing with the cream of contemporary jazz.
Working for artists such as
Luis Fonsi, Alsou, Kool
& the Gang, Billy Paul, Cindy Daniel and CNote motivated him to
release after his debut The Past Builds The Future (2005) his
sophomore solo album Back From The
80's (2007). This album received high acclaims because of its
originality, freshness and rich proficiency.
This album was one of the best smooth jazz albums I heard since
several years. Without exception strong songs, no filler.
Will U-NAM continue his previous
success with his follow-up Unanimity (2009)? This question can be answered with a clear and
astounding YES. The title of the new album is explained by U-NAM with
his move to L.A. leaving his family especially his four years old son
Melvin behind. The concept of "Humanity" should be able to do the
"Unanimity". The album was recorded in parts in his studio in France
and in his new studio in Rancho Cucamonga
called Studio II. As on his previous album
U-Nam is supported by the Merkevah Orchestra and the M.A. strings
section conducted by Raymond Gimenes, furthermore by the Paris horns
(Thierry Farrugia, Christian Martinez and Bernard Camoin). Further
musicians on his new album are Denis Bennarosh (percussion), Mike
White (drums), Franck Sitbon (clavinet, Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano,
organ and background vocals) and some special guest musicians.
U-Nam surprises with his unusual
introduction Viva La Revolucion. A movie score of the Mexican
revolution with the blowing trumpet, revolting people and the whole
body of sound of this ancient period. When you search after the
contemporary funk, your quest is over. Funk-4-U-Nity has it
all. U-NAM's dynamic guitar performance takes the audience by storm.
Shine On is a tune based on
U-NAM programmatic concept Back from the '80's. Strings,
wah-guitar, piano and horn-section and U-NAM's out breaking guitar play
push you right into the Philadelphia or Motown area. The song was
originally recorded by George Duke in 1982 surpassing the sound of
Brothers Johnson, Heatwave or Earth, Wind & Fire. This style
is continued on Unanimity. Impressions of the past are
encompassed in a huge and incredible mélange of various sound
After this breathtaking travel through
the past offers The Day I Met U a slow ballade constituted in
the smooth jazz genre. Greetings to George Benson. A good tune for a
ride along the west coast in your favorite roadster. The uplifting
Soul Boy Reincarnation is featuring the great Najee on flute and
alto sax. Numerous sound gimmicks keep the tune running. The ragtime
on the end was arranged and played by Frank Sitbon.
(Hang On) U- Is Comin' sucks the
spirit of the old tune Hold On, I'm Comin', from the 1966 debut
album by Atlantic Records soul duo Sam and Dave, issued on the
Atlantic-distributed Stax label. Things really happen. U-NAM lets the
turn table burn. 4 Ever Urs is dedicated to U-NAM's sun Melvin.
His guitar shows an own life with some liberation from the background
Sometimes music is like a rose (la vie
en rose). My Heart & Soul reveals the beauty of U-NAM's guitar
like an opening flower. You smell the notes and enjoy the colors. Life
can be so awesome.
U-NAM's addiction for the past music
finds its next expression in Dancing In The Street. The song
was first recorded by Martha and the Vandellas in 1964. U-NAM overdubs
his guitar on Martha Reeves' newly recorded vocals bringing the past
to contemporary. The slow ballade Losing My Mind has much of
Stevie Wonder's style and a lot of European music culture. I love this
interaction between horns and guitar. Please More!
On a stomping Motown beat U-NAM defines
U Could Make It Happen. But be aware no melody is quick enough
for U-NAM's escapades. Every tune is a guitar solo. So the last tune
Soul...ism is a fast paced song on which U-NAM bleeds his
guitar like a stuck pig. Who holds the world record in quickest funk?
Unanimity is the ultimative candidate
for the highest amount of good guitar melodies on one album. Test it!
- Further review
- CD available
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: U-NAM Production
01 Viva La Revolucion [1:32]
02 Funk-4-U-Nity [4:45]
03 Shine On [5:10]
04 Unanimity [5:44]
05 This Is Just 4 U [6:06]
06 The Day I Met U [7:09]
07 Soul Boy Reincarnation [6:18]
08 (Hang On) U- Is Comin' [4:52]
09 4 Ever Urs [4:08]
10 My Heart & Soul [6:07]
11 Dancing In The Street [5:36]
12 Losing My Mind [6:24]
13 U Could Make It Happen [6:16]
14 Soul...ism [4:18]