Paris born guitar virtuoso
Emmanuel "U-Nam" Abiteboul has not remained passive
during the Corona pandemic. He used the time off to get creative
again and produced a new album.
The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2) was the continuation
of his 2019 release Future Love. His new album Love
In Motion (2021) is the third part of his trilogy Future
Love. U-Nam has written all tracks with the exception of
track 7, which was written by Stephen Stills.
U-Nam performs on the new album lead and rhythm guitars, synth
keyboards, programming and editing. Additional
musicians on selected tracks are Denis Benarrosh (percussion),
Michael White (live drums), Bill Steinway (B3 Organ, Fender
Rhodes), Christian Martinez (trumpet & flugelhorn), Alex Al
(bass), Maria Grig (violin and viola), Lyudmila Kadyrbaewa
(cello), Tim "TiO" Owens (vocals), Joabe Reis (trombone), Franck
Sitborn (piano) and Ronny Jordan (lead guitar).
The album opens with Whiz Kid (The) in the same style as
the previous album left us back. Packed with a great overdose of
guitar power in a George Benson/Nile Rodgers mix underlined by
orchestral strings and synth horns you just have to dance along.
Everything is focused on the ultimate funky groove.
Based on a heavy shuffle beat U-Nam serves us on Changing
Times the steadiness of rhythm and flow. When U-Nam presented
his Early Tapes, I was amazed by the elemental power of
his guitar playing. This unadulterated original growth is still to
be found, for example, in Miss Funk.
Anyone who equates U-Nam with heavier guitar playing will be
proved wrong by the title track. Nevertheless, it is the gentle
horn chords that make up the velvety quality of Love In Motion.
On Instance Girl you recognize U-Nam again in his
cultivated loud mixture of George Benson and Nile Rodgers.
Perfect Match (The Wedding Song) probably intends to make the
most beautiful day of one's life even more splendid. Nevertheless,
the accompanying beat gets into heavy water.
Stephen Stills wrote For What It's Worth because of the
Sunset Strip curfew riots in November 1966. The Buffalo
Springfield hit became the anthem of the anti Vietnam war
movement. Ronny Jordan had recorded a cover version, which could
not be completed due to his passing. U-Nam completed the
recordings by contributing his own guitar and adding other
musicians such as keyboardist Bill Steinway and bassist Alex Al.
Final tune is a radio edited version of Whiz Kid (The).
U-Nam has finished with Love In Motion (Future Love Part 3)
his trilogy of love themes, but which overall embody U-Nam and his
music more than lean towards a relationship topic.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: Love In Motion (Future Love Part 3)
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Skytown Records
1) Whiz Kid (The) (6:30)
2) Changing Times (6:27)
Miss Funk (5:23)
4) Love in Motion (7:23)
6) Perfect Match (The Wedding Song) (4:51)
7) For What It's Worth feat. Ronny Jordan & Cool Guitars
8) Whiz Kid (The) [Radio Edit] (3:54)
U-NAM - Back From The 80's
The Early Tapes 94/95
Weekend in L.A. (A Tribute To George Benson)
Live @ Anthology [DVD]
C'est Le Funk
The Essential Collection
The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2)