This audio clip was recorded live in 1969. It demonstrates his purist approach to Django’s music.
By the early 1970s Nedjar had grown weary of the life of a professional musician. The story goes that one night he choose a medium tempo song to end the set. His accompanists suggested that they play the song faster since they were only being paid to play for two more minutes. His sense of musical integrity was deeply offended by such a suggestion. He was there to create art, but his accompanists where just punching the clock. This incident was a watershed event for him. It symbolized his frustration with the difficulties of trying to make it as a musician. Shortly thereafter, he ended his career as a professional guitarist and entered the family business.
Over 30 years later, Nedjar has returned once again to professional music. During his absence, Philippe expanded his musical palette to include American style be-bop. His recent recording may arguably be the best blend of Gypsy jazz and bebop ever recorded:
Shadow of Your Smile