Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Nguyen Le

Born in Paris from vietnamese parents, he began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass. After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Exoticism. Then he devoted to music, creating “ULTRAMARINE” (1983), a multi-ethnic band whose CD “ De “ has been considered “1989' s best World Music album” Philippe Conrath, Liberation.

Nguyen LE is a self-taught musician, with a wide scope of interests : Rock & Funk (Jim Cuomo, Madagascar tour 84), Jazz standards & contemporary Jazz (bass player with Marc Ducret, guitar player with Eric Barret), Improvised Music (Yves Robert), Singers (Ray Charles), Contemporary Music (Andre Almuro, Tona Scherchen, Marius Constant, Mauricio Kagel), Ethnic Music : African & Caribbean with ULTRAMARINE , Algerian with Safy Boutella & Cheb Mami, Indian with Kakoli, Turkish with Kudsi Erguner, Vietnamese with his “Dan Bau” (traditional one-stringed instrument) teacher Truong Tang.

Read more
Few musicians embody the word “fusion” more than Parisian-born guitarist Nguyên Lê. For the past 25 years he's been mining a combination of fusion by the more conventional definition—the infusion of rock energy into the jazz sphere—with fusion in a broader sense, the seamless integration of music from cultures around the world. (All About Jazz)

Nguyên Lê is a masterful, inventive player who has cultivated a wholly unique voice on the intsrument, he ranks right up there with Frisell, John Scofield, Mike Stern & Allan Holdsworth in the post Hendrix world of jazz guitar (Jazztimes)

32 Photos

Albums

Nguyen Le With Michael Gibbs & NDR Bigband: Celebrating The Dark Side...
Nguyen Le With...
ACT Music
2014
buy
Songs of Freedom
Songs of Freedom
ACT Music
2011
buy
Signature Edition 1
Signature Edition 1
ACT Music
2010
buy
Nguyen Le: Signature Edition 1
Nguyen Le: Signature...
ACT Music
2010
buy
Saiyuki
Saiyuki

2009
buy
Dream Flight
Dream Flight
ACT Music
2008
buy

Similar

Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Chick Corea Chick Corea
piano
Bill Frisell Bill Frisell
guitar
John Scofield John Scofield
guitar
Jim Hall Jim Hall
guitar
Gary Burton Gary Burton
vibraphone
Eivind Aarset Eivind Aarset
guitar
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Trilok Gurtu Trilok Gurtu
tablas
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: Motéma Music | BUY IT  

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.