Album Review – Travels to the West – Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier

This is the first album by guitar duo Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier, recorded live on their November 2011 tour and released in 2012, when they were under the Unfretted radar, so I’ve only just got the album but I’m not giving up the chance to review it…

Travels to the West

Tracks

1. Esmeralda 08:17
2. Vera Cruz 04:54
3. The Butterfly Touch 06:31
4. Spain 06:37
5. Breeze 07:57
6. Flight of Fancy 06:06
7. Travels 09:19
8. Lodder Leaps In 04:09
9. Yemin 08:05
10. Armando’s Rumba 03:44

Pete Oxley – nylon string guitar (1,3,4,6,10); steel string guitar (9); jazz guitar (7,8); electric 12 string guitar (2,5)
Nicolas Meier – nylon string guitar (3,4,6,8,10); steel string guitar (1,7); jazz guitar (2); glissentar (5); baglama (9)

Credits

Recorded on tour in November 2011 by Nicolas Meier
Mixed by Adrian Zolotuhin and Pete Oxley at The Better Button in February-March 2012
Mastered and manufactured at Hilton Grove
Painting by Songul Yilmaz-Meier
Photography by Virgule Rimp
Design by Nicolas Meier
Produced by Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier

Nicolas Meier & Pete Oxley
Pete Oxley (left) Nicolas Meier (right) Baglama (extreme right)

Review

This is a live album with a very relaxed style and a very appreciative audience. Three of the numbers are penned by Meier, three by Oxley and the remainder by Milton Nascimento, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea. The duo have a great fluid style interspersed with some amazing riffs. There is only one fretless track “Breeze” on which Nicolas plays his 11 string Glissentar and Pete plays his electric 12 string. Nicolas plays Baglama on “Yemin” (which translates as The Pledge) first appearing on the Meier album “Yuz” and makes its second appearance on this album and went on to be played on the Jeff Beck tours that Nicolas played in, the track can now be found on Nicolas’ latest album “Infinity“. The final Chick Corea track “Armando’s Rumba” is a blistering tour de force that brings the house down.

Who would I recommend this album to? Well any guitarist, there’s lots to learn here. Anyone wanting some nice chilled out music late at night. This is a worthy addition to any music collection.

Review: Jahloon – November 2016

Links

Chasing Tales – Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier (Unfretted review)

Nicolas Meier website: www.meiergroup.com

Label website: www.mgprecords.com

 

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