ninth release for this keyboardist from France finds Bugnon
united once again with producer Phil Davis. After working
together on the successful Southern
two pick right up with the same exotic melodies and funky
riffs for this October release.
with the title track and haunting melodies of both keyboard
and Vincent Henry’s soprano sax. Davis lays the keyboard
tracks which serve as a background for Bugnon’s piano.
The three of them are combined on the chorus for a nice beginning. “Fingertips” is
a little funkier with Rick Watford’s opening guitar
riffs giving way to piano once again. Bugnon steps lightly
or should we say “fingertips” lightly through
this one that is sure to be a crowd favorite. I enjoyed the
melody of “Carrera” as it seems to stay with
you long after you’ve finished listening to it. It
has that signature syncopated “riff and roll” that
keeps your foot tapping or head bopping. This is one of my
favorites so far.
Your Eyes” slows the pace down somewhat and is mostly
the piano of Bugnon. There is some good jazz movement that
makes this one a good club number. “Sierra Leone” is
somewhat like the second number with Bugnon’s light
touch of piano. Davis is more involved with the background
keyboard. This will be another favorite as Alex leads with
a catchy melody and some solo work that has not been heard
thus far. “Downtime” is heavy on chords which
serve as a base for piano work and accents of muted trumpet.
There’s a nice piano solo on this one that takes in
the range of the whole keyboard before coming back to the
chord action once more. “Tomorrow (Better You, Better
Me)” is themed right from the start and continues to
revisit that melody throughout the number. There’s
a nice finish from Alex. “Pillow Talk” finds
Bugnon on keyboards for a slower paced number that accompanied
is a different sound to the opening of “Don’t
Go” as in gives way to the light piano of Bugnon. Rick
Watford has a nice guitar solo, and there are some nice riffs
from the piano. “Out There” finishes up the disc
with a funk beat laid down for a keyboard overlay. There’s
even a little harmonica added in that spices things up and
gives it a down home flavor. I’m thinking about swamps
in Louisiana while I’m listening.
I believe you'll like this release from Alex Bugnon. There’s
a lot of the funky keyboard/piano that has made him a favorite
for years. The addition of musicians throughout the mix keeps
it blended well enough to make you wonder what’s around
the next bend while staying close to the core of his craft.
Pick up a copy of Free today and
listen for yourself.
- Harvey Cline