Sunday, September 18, 2016

Christian Escoudé plays Django Reinhardt

All too often, the tributes paid to the legendary genius of Parker, Coltrane, Bechet or, in this case, Django — those whose style had so much fullness in its particularity — are merely pretexts for idol-worship and more or less servile copying. And it seems that the greater the technical difficulties (there is little room for genuinely musical motives in such tributes), the greater the number of candidates for this kind of performance. So the universe of Django Reinhardt — rich in instrumental challenges — remains a favourite for these Raiders of the Lost Archetype, these tightrope-walking guitarists who are also finger-acrobats. There are very few years that pass without the advent of some "new Django" being proclaimed, someone who "plays just like him !" In These cases, it is less a question of coming close to the spirit of the Master, than one of shamelessly picking up each of his virtuoso solos again, on a note-for-note basis, and, if possible, playing them even faster ! At the risk of losing one's soul...
We are miles away from the respectfully-distant approach of a Christian Escoudé, an uncompromising artist constantly preoccupied by the thorough study of his personal image, one whose musical maturity, at last recognized on both sides of the Atlantic, now allows him to tackle the works of the great Gypsy wiyh the requisite serenity...
Alain Antonietto, From the booklet

Christian Escoudé
With Strings
Plays
Django Reinhardt

Tracks

1 Django for Ever (part. 1) (Escoudé)  4:03
2 Anouman (Reinhardt)  5:22
3 Diminushing (Reinhardt)  4:35
4 Djangology (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  5:17
5 Belleville (Reinhardt)  3:22
6 Troublant Boléro (Reinhardt, Larue)  4:51
7 Nuages (Reinhardt, Larue)  2:25
8 Nuits de St-Germain-Des-Prés (Reinhardt)  3:34
9 Sweet Chorus (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  8:33
10 Manoir de mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  5:20
11 Improvisation n° 2 (Reinhardt)  2:47
12 Swing 39 (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  4:32
13 Django for Ever (part. 2) (Escoudé)  0:44

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Personnel
Christian Escoudé - ac & el. g
Alain Jean-Marie - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Alvin Queen - dr
String Orchestra, arr. & cond. François Rauber

Recorded at Studio Acousti, Paris (France) ; May 7 & 8, July 1, 1991

20 comments:

LaroSwing said...

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Bill said...

Thank you so much. Can't wait to listen.

wouter said...

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deGallo said...

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PlantDoctor53 said...

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Blue Eyes said...

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L.O.L. said...

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duke! said...

Recently discovered Escoude and am looking forward to this, but I'm being asked for a password. I don't see one on the post - am I missing something?

Thanks for the recording!

duke! said...

Re: my password request - duh, never mind..

Melanchthon said...

@duke!

The Pass is on the Main Page, under PW...

flyingfinger said...

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Mel, eternal thanks are more than due you for continuing a musical heaven for so many.

Albertito Jazz said...

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Fred Archtop said...

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Isidoro Macarena said...

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