Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Henri Crolla - Notre Ami Django

French guitarist Henri Crolla is heard with a variety of different groups in this compilation of recordings from the 1950s. Although the first ten tracks were recorded as a tribute to the late Django Reinhardt, Crolla stays in the background to allow violinist Stéphane Grappelli to dominate the brief rendition of "Swing 39." In "Minor Swing," Grappelli clarinetist Hubert Rostaing and alto saxophonist Andre Ekyan solo prior to the leader, with Crolla capturing some of the flavor of Reinhardt without copying him outright. But the ballad features without Grappelli are the most surprising tracks. Reinhardt's lovely but obscure "Anouman" showcases Ekyan with the rhythm section, minus Crolla, who evidently sat out this number. Crolla does justice to "Nuages" with a lively solo, complemented by Rostaing's clarinet. The final four selections come from an EP, with Crolla leading a sextet including Rostaing, trumpeter Roger Guerin, and pianist Martial Solal. The guitarist has a far more prominent role throughout this date and seems inspired by the material, which consists of standards of the swing era. This volume in Universal Music's extensive Jazz in Paris CD reissue series is definitely worth picking up.
Ken Dryden

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Henri Crolla
Notre Ami Django


1 Swing 39 (Grappelli, Reinhardt)  2:40
2 Minor Swing (Reinhardt)  3:41
3 Manoir de Mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  4:06
4 Swing from Paris (Grappelli, Reinhardt)  2:28
5 Artillerie Lourde (Reinhardt)  3:26
6 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:20
7 Djangologie (Reinhardt)  2:36
8 Anouman (Reinhardt)  3:43
9 Swing 42 (Reinhardt)  3:03
10 Place de Brouckère (Reinhardt)  3:37
11 Jeepers Creepers (Mercer, Warren)  2:29
12 What's New (Burke, Haggart)  3:26
13 Hallelujah (Grey, Robin)  2:29
14 Night and Day (Porter)  2:37


[# 1-10]

Henri Crolla - g
Hubert Rostaing -cl

André Ekyan - as

Stéphane Grappelli - vl
Géo Daly - vb
René Urtreger or Maurice Vander - p
Emmanuel Soudieux - b
Pierre Lemarchand or Al Levitt - dr
Recorded in Paris ; 1958
[# 11-14] 
Henri Crolla - g
Hubert Rostaing -cl

Roger Guérin - tp 
Martial Solal - p
Emmanuel Soudieux - b
Christian Garros - dr
Recorded in Paris ; 1956


Nigel said...

Wow, almost every last one of them recorded with Django (not sure about the vibes player...was he on a late Decca session?). They picked some wonderful Django tunes, too. But it's time to stop calling "Tuxedo Junction" (a.k.a. "Artillerie Lourde") a Django tune! Erskine Hawkins is to thank for that one, I believe. Cheers.

FrankDell said...

Yes! Welcome back And with a vengeance! Mucho merci for the Henri Crolla.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Zorn said...

Restore, please :)
It is thankful in advance!

With the best regards,
Alexander from Russia

musician3 said...

AMAZING.......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

deGallo said...

Marvelous. Thank you.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

really dig his guitar playing, thank you!

Fred Archtop said...

Merci Mel. Crolla est un maitre assez oublié.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog! I am discovering so much great music.
Could you upload again this Crolla recording please. Thanks

Melanchthon said...

bventure said...

Thanks again for another new link, great stuff this.

Anonymous said...

I missed this one
can you upload it again ?
thanks for all the treasures