I hope the autumn months are treating you all well.
I was speaking with Michael the other day and we were talking about the trends in the contemporary scene, and he mentioned that he sold maybe 5 copies max
of this CD set and I was pretty shocked.
Whereas I love the contemporary scene I obviously have an affinity for the old school, the players who were playing and recording post Django, and pre Dorado. As people whine about the lack of originality in todays scene, they ignore the masters which inspired and awed todays masters. There is so much wonderful music out there is this style that people seem to be forgetting about. Bousquet, Jacques Montagne, Joseph Reinhardt, Lousson, Crolla, Matelo and Baro and Sarane Ferret...the list is long and the output in some cases is fairly prolific. As the original LP's become increasingly more expensive and rare, this set offers people who lack the original recordings that chance to hear some of the hottest players this style has ever seen.
The best part of this set is that we're not mired in the same sense of tradition that the contemporary scene is. No repetitive licks or riffs, no one attempting to sound like another player, just guitarists who either played with or new Django, doing their thing their way.
adept, fleet-fingered style is a joy to listen to. His sound was always no bullshit, straightahead, anchored by his original compositions which are all delightful.
aggressive, in-your-face improvisations, his version of "Night in Tunisia" is perhaps my favorite.
Theloniesque valse-bebop - where are people trying to move in this direction today?
light, straightahead trad sound, another angle of the Django style.
right hand of doom, so strong and clean it's amazing. Although it's not represented here he was the absolute fastest player this style has every seen.
rustic virtuosity played his most famous composition "La Gitan". How could people play this tune without having listened to the original version played by the composer himself?
playing lead guitar in a fine group...
amazing straightahead Gypsy bop from the 1960's.
Every member of this group who proclaims to love Gypsy Jazz must
own this set end of discussion. You owe it to yourselves and the music to give this a whirl, and to make this easier, here is a link to the set:
If for no other reason then to hear these legends play and another, addictive branch of Jazz Manouche.