ARTIST:

PETER FRAMPTON

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

FRAMPTON FORGETS THE WORDS

(2021)
LABEL:

UNIVERSAL

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy, Instrumental, Jazzy
"Forgetting the words, Frampton graces us with a skillful and bewitching revisiting of little-known titles and gives them a second life, sometimes flattering. For the amateurs of jazz blues and those of guitar in the broad sense."
PROGRACER (12.05.2021)  
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Is it really necessary to introduce Peter Frampton? Because even the youngest rock fans know this amazing guitarist, co-founder of Humble Pie at the age of 18 at the dawn of the seventies, author of one of the most memorable live albums in the history of rock, "Framption Comes Alive" in 1976, and everyone has already heard 'Show Me The Way' or 'Do You Feel Like We Do'. The classic rock star has turned into an ambassador for jazz rock and blues in recent years, covering standards on his 2019 album 'All Blues'.

Now the Beckenham native is tackling instrumental jazz-blues covers (hence the title) of songs by artists ranging from Marvin Gaye and Lenny Kravitz to David Bowie and Sly & The Family Stone. And it is with the latter that the album opens, on a funky 'If You Want Me To Stay' on which the Englishman has a lot of fun. It must be said that the original of Sly is already quite crazy. Another reason for rejoicing at the beginning of this album, 'Reckoner' of Radiohead enjoys a very soft treatment, faithful to the spirit of the English, and when the solo comes, the magic of Peter Frampton operates with its bewitching softness and a touch filled with emotion.

Paradoxically, 'Are You Going To Go My Way', one of the most expected at the reading of the set list, disappoints somewhat. Indeed, apart from the catchy energy of the song, nothing really takes off and the talented guitarist sticks to the very repetitive vocal line and only offers us an interesting thick riff and the offbeat solo. The observation is quite similar on 'Avalon' (Roxy Music) which drew all its essence from the suave tone of Brian Ferry. On the contrary of 'Dreamland' (from the soundtrack of the movie of the same name) where Frampton detaches each note to extract the most absolute melody. The same goes for the very successful cover of 'Maybe', less psychedelic than Janis Joplin's but just as bluesy.

Finally, Frampton does very well on 'One More Heartache' of Marvin Gaye, making his guitar cry on the harmonious melody, as well as on 'Isn't It A Pity' closer to the version of George Harrison than to the one of Nina Simone, with very sixties guitars. He also magnifies 'Losing The Alien', almost making us forget David Bowie's voice by sublimating the melody and the incredible solo of his expressive playing. By reminding us that he was Bowie's guitarist, he makes it the melodic summit of the album.

Peter Frampton is an immense guitarist with an innate talent and a feeling that is perceptible in every note. As much in the choice of the titles as in their treatment and their reinterpretation, the septuagenarian proves that he is always able to magnify all that he touches. He undeniably brings his touch to these sometimes unknown titles, giving them a second youth. For the amateurs of jazz blues and those of guitar in the broad sense, a guaranteed pleasure.


More informations on https://www.facebook.com/peterframpton



SIMILAR BANDS:
ERIC CLAPTON, JEFF BECK


TRACK LISTING:
01. If You Want Me To Stay - 5:33
02. Reckoner - 6:14
03. Dreamland - 4:04
04. One More Heartache - 4:23
05. Avalon - 5:06
06. Isn't It A Pity - 4:50
07. I Don't Know Why - 2:50
08. Are You Gonna Go My Way - 3:21
09. Loving The Alien - 7:03
10. Maybe - 4:25

LINEUP:
Adam Lester: Guitares
Dan Wojciechowski: Batterie
Peter Frampton: Guitares
Rob Arthur: Guitares / Claviers
   
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LOLO_THE_BEST59
20/06/2021
 
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47 minutes de bonheur avec Monsieur Frampton.
NEWF
13/05/2021
  0
Ce qu'il y a d'émouvant dans cet album, c'est la manière dont Peter Frampton a su adapter son style pour continuer à jouer coûte que coûte malgré la maladie qui l'handicape et qui l'empêchera un jour définitivement de jouer de la guitare. Je crois que personne ne peut imaginer ce que doit ressentir un musicien qui sait qu'il ne pourra bientôt plus pratiquer son instrument. Ce sentiment d'une déchéance annoncée se ressent à l'écoute de cet album et je trouve ça assez poignant.
CORTO1809
12/05/2021
  0
Un disque à réserver aux amateurs de guitare purs et durs. Les autres risquent de s’ennuyer ferme.
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