“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. These are two masterly guitarists. If you love music of any kind, you’ll probably fall for this.”
This praise from The Observer of Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier's 2015 Chasing Tales CD was one of many ★★★★ reviews the album garnered. Others included Mojo, The London Evening Standard, The Telegraph and Jazz Views.
Pete cites among his influences Pat Metheny and music from Turkey, Bohemia and Java, while Nicolas draws on Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and jazz.
Nicolas recently finished a long stint as a member of fellow guitarist Jeff Beck's band and recently recorded a new album, Infinity, featuring veteran Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, and one of the world's great drummers, Vinnie Colaiuta.
Pete and Nicolas' latest offering, The Colours of Time, was released in February, to coincide with yet another extensive UK tour. Their most ambitious project to date, the double CD showcases them in duo and quartet formats and continues to focus on their favourite sources – Pat Methenyesque songs, Hot Club swing, Latin cool and Turkish music, with Indian influences also present.
In his ★★★★ review of The Colours Of Time, The Observer's jazz critic, Dave Gelly, said: "When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection. Their roots lie in jazz, but they cover a whole bunch of genres in the course of this double album – Latin, Middle Eastern, English pastoral and their own brand of simply music.”
So, expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism. And hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12-string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more!
Completing the line-up are Raph Mizraki (Double Bass), Paul Cavaciuti (Drums), whose credentials include working with, among others, John Etheridge, Jamie Cullum, Jim Mullen, Tina May, Jacqui Dankworth, Cayenne, Roberto Pla and the Gail Thompson Big Band.
The Oxley/Meier Guitar Project
Sunday, December 3rd
" . . . not just a guitar album to love, a jazz album to savour, but a joyous album of music that reaches toward a goal beyond.” – Jazzwise on The Colours Of Time ★★★★
". . . one of the best guitar albums you will hear all year." - The London Evening Standard
on Pete and Nicolas'
Chasing Tales ★★★★
(CD of the week)
Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm
“This album is a wonderful example of the high level of music that can be made by combining two great guitarists/composers/improvisers such as Pete and Nicolas. They have put together a feast of virtuosity,
delivered with depth, wit and joy.” ~ Legendary guitarist Ralph Towner on The Colours Of Time.
Check out the duo performing Compass Points and Riversides from Chasing Tales.