Monday, October 17, 2016

Christian Escoudé - Cookin' in Hell's Kitchen

When he was 15, Escoudé began to develop his musical style, a mix of bebop and gypsy jazz influences, featuring the use of vibrato, portamento, and fast runs. At the Jazz Inn, which he first played in 1972, he met the trio of Eddy Louiss, Bernard Lubat and Aldo Romano. Later he joined Didier Levallet's Swing String System, and Michel Portal's Michel Portal Unit. In 1976, l'Académie du Jazz awarded him the Prix Django Reinhardt. He then formed a new quartet with Michel Graillier, Aldo Romano, and Alby Cullaz, the latter soon replaced by Jean-François Jenny-Clark. He also worked with Michel Portal or Slide Hampton, Martial Solal and Jean-Claude Fohrenbach. In 1978, the Festival de Nice offered him the opportunity to record with the quartet of John Lewis as well as to play with Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Philly Joe Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Shelly Manne, Elvin Jones. Starting in 1978, He participated almost every year in the Festival de Samois, organized in homage to Django Reinhardt. In 1979, he performed at the Festival de Dakar, as guest of the René Urtreger's trio with Pierre Michelot and Daniel Humair.
In summer 1980, John McLaughlin invited him to tour in a duo set-up which took them to the United-States, Brazil and Japan. In 1981, he became a member of the Martial Solal's big band. The following year, he performed in a quartet alongside Shelly Manne. Back in France, he create a quartet with Olivier Hutman, Nicolas Fitzman, and Jean My Truong; the last two were later replaced by Jean-Marc Jafet and Tony Rabeson. In 1983, he started a duo with Didier Lockwood which turned into a trio in 1984 with the addition of Philip Catherine. In 1985, he performed with Capon and Carter. He then created the Trio Gitan with Boulou Ferré and Babik Reinhardt. In 1987, he played in a duo with Michel Graillier and then with John Thomas. He continued playing with the Trio Gitan, and again with Capon-Carter. At the start of 1988 a new quartet was born with Jean-Michel Pilc, François Moutin and Louis Moutin. The following year, he set up an octet composed of four guitarists, (Paul Challain Ferret, Jimmy Gourley, Frédéric Sylvestre), accordion (Marcel Azzola), cello (Vincent Courtois), bass (Alby Cullaz) and drum (Billy Hart).
In New York in 1990 he played at the Village Vanguard with Pierre Michelot, Hank Jones and the drummer Kenny Washington. In 1991, surrounded by a string orchestra, he recorded eleven compositions from Django Reinhardt. In 1992, his "Gipsy Trio" Challain Ferret, Sylvestre had some growth with Babik Reinhardt or Biréli Lagrène. The following year, in Los Angeles, he recorded with Lou Levy, Bob Magnusson and Billy Higgins. In 1998, he created and recorded "A Suite for Gypsies", a jazz fusion composition dedicated to children of gypsies who died in Nazi concentration camps.
In 2003, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Django Reinhardt, he created a big band (17 musicians) with whom he explored the musical inheritance of Django while adding his own style and own harmonic and rhythmic ideas. In 2004 he set up "The New Gypsie Trio", a group of three guitarists (with David Reinhardt and Martin Taylor or Jean-Baptiste Laya). In March 2005 he released the album Ma ya. Ya distributed by Nocturne, with his new sextet (Progressive Sextet) with: Marcel Azzola, Jean-Baptiste Laya, Sylvain Guillaume, Jean-Marc Jafet, Yoann Serra. Under the label EmArcy, Verve's Parisian office contracted him for seven albums from 1989–1994.

Source :

Christian Escoudé
Cookin' in Hell's Kitchen


1 Three Images  5:29
2 Catalogne  8:22
3 Blues at Cavallotti  6:34
4 Le Pont Des Rêves  6:39
5 Everybody Over Here  6:59
6 Swing and Concerto  6:03
7 Fly Us to the Sky  6:46
8 From This Time to That Time  7:12
9 A Walk in New York  8:42

All Compositions by Christian Escoudé


Christian Escoudé - g
Tom Harrell - tp
Rodney Kendrick - p
Michael Bowie - b
Sylvester Garnett - dr
Chi Sharpe - perc [# 1, 2, 6 & 7]

Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, 653 Tenth Avenue, "Hell's Kitchen", New York City ; November 21/23, 1994


Melanchthon said...

wouter said...

looks like a wonderful album. thanks a lot, mel!

deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

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Fred Archtop said...

Many thanks Mel.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post!
Many thanks, Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

ProfessorCalculus said...

Many thanks Mel.

Uri said...

Lovely album.
Thank you Mel.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies

AmyBRAINS said...


Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks so much! Drummer is Alvester Garnett.

Kovina Kris said...

I'll give this a try. Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Otis Foster said...

Still alive - my lucky day. Thanks melanchthon

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