"...although French guitarist Jean-Marc Montera imaginatively augments the guitar with tapes and objects, you could certainly mistake some of his explorations for those of Fred Frith (with whom he has a duo), Stephan Wittwer, Elliott Sharp or Erhard Hirt. Yes, it’s easy to become blasé, but try not to be. Montera shapes and structures his solo improvisations with a great deal of care, and is worth hearing." -- The Wire
"There's this beautiful childlike mischievousness about it all that makes the listener howl in laughter one minute, chuckle with assent at another, and yell out loud in outrage in yet another. Such gorgeous anarchy, such beautiful noise; it makes this writer wonder if we all couldn't play guitar — or anything else — like this if we'd only free ourselves enough to try. The highest compliment I can pay a record is that it wants to make me try to play music. Thank you, Jean-Marc." -- All-Music Guide, 4 stars
Jean-Marc Montera: guitar, tapes, objects etc.
Tracks 1-4 recorded live by Oliver Jouy on March 25th, 1993, during the Grenoble Jazz Festival at La Soupe Au Choux in Grenoble, France.
Tracks 5-7 recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on November 19th, 1994, during the Total Music Meeting at the Podewil in Berlin.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.