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St Germain - Tourist

St Germain - Tourist

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St Germain - Tourist 

Reissue - Recut from the original master tapes

First released in 2000, the legendary electronic album Tourist by veteran French DJ and producer St Germain (Ludovic Navarre) has been digitally remastered (44kHz/24bit) for reissue on CD, 180-gram double gatefold vinyl (with download code), and digitally on September 25th by Blue Note/EMI.

The soundtrack to every cafe at the when it came out, recut and reissued this true classic has stood the test of time and sounds as fresh as it did on that first listen

Since the advent of acid jazz in the mid-'80s, the many electronic-jazz hybrids to come down the pipe have steadily grown more mature, closer to a balanced fusion that borrows the spontaneity of classic jazz while still emphasizing the groove of electronic music. For his second album, French producer Ludovic Navarre aka St Germain, expanded the possibilities of his template for jazzy house by recruiting a sextet of musicians to solo over his earthy productions.

In his four-star Rolling Stone review of the album, David Fricke praised St Germain's skilled electronic-meets-jazz approach: A sly dog with a disciple's touch, Navarre shows respect for the spirit, if not the letter, of classic jazz. He gives his live soloists, including trumpeter Pascal Ohse and saxophonist-flutist Edouard Labor, room to breathe, if not blow wild. Rolling Stone later touted Tourist as one of 2000's best albums.

The opener "Rose Rouge" is an immediate highlight, as an understated Marlena Shaw vocal sample, looped piano lines, and drum programming frames solos by trumpeter Pascal Ohse and baritone Claudio de Qeiroz. For "Montego Bay Spleen," Navarre pairs an angular guitar solo by Ernest Ranglin with a deep-groove dub track, complete with phased effects and echoey percussion. Tourist is an excellent step on the way to a perfect blend of jazz and electronic. (AMG)

2 x Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered, 180gram, Gatefold

A1 Rose Rouge 6:56
A2 Montego Bay Spleen 6:26
B1 So Flute 8:28
B2 La Goutte D'Or 6:19
C1 Sure Thing 6:20
C2 Pont Des Arts 7:26
D1 Latin Note 5:55
D2 Land Of... 7:47
D3 What You Think About... 4:48

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