Canada-based guitarist Carlos Jiménez weaves unspeakably gorgeous melodies on 'Undercurrents'
(Published: April 10, 2011)
April 10, 2011 (Québec, Canada) Written by Robert Sutton. Carlos Jiménez doesn't just play the guitar; he illustrates his emotions with them, each note a poignant brushstroke.
In "In a Thought," one of the tracks on his latest album Undercurrents, Jiménez rides on a slow-burning groove that captures the comforting sound of inner peace; it's as if he is using each string of his guitar to convey the words that his mind cannot piece together. Such is the power of instrumental jazz that dares reveal the soul of an artist.
That the music on Undercurrents would come off as introspective is no coincidence. According to Jiménez, one of his goals is to move those he shares his compositions with, to open himself up. "I want to present something that represents me and that I'm proud of," Jiménez explained. "As a performer, as a composer and a teacher, I want to share my passion of music and hopefully trigger something in the listener's mind."
The evocative qualities of Undercurrents are consistently distributed through every track. On "Soundtrack," Jiménez's guitar work is spellbindingly beautiful, weaving a pattern of incandescent melodies. Then there is "Shadows of Reality," which unreels slowly but then Jiménez adds layers of ethereal atmospherics. It is unspeakably gorgeous.
The jaw-dropping craftsmanship that Jiménez invests in each song is rooted in his lifelong affection for jazz and also music in general. "It's a passion and a reason to get up in the morning," Jiménez revealed. "I'm still passionate about music. I still buy records, go to concerts, discover new artists, and learn new pieces with great enthusiasm. But now I make a living as a musician. It's a rough gig. As they say, you don't get into music for the pay check; you get into music because you test positive for it."
More Information: http://www.carlosjimenezmusic.com