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GRANDE ABSENTE and AIR FRANCE presents The Return of “The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz” DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL June 25 – 30 @ Birdland

GRANDE ABSENTE presents THE DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL returns with “THE YOUNG LIONS OF GYPSY JAZZ” headed by the very gifted guitarist SAMSON SCHMITT, son of legendary gypsy guitarist/violinist DORADO SCHMITT.
“The greatest jazz show in town” says Will Friedwald of The Wall Road Journal.

With the immortal Django Reinhardt as its life spring, the 14-year previous pageant as its central nervous system, the Django pageant brings the legendary Gypsy guitarist’s legacy absolutely into the 21st century. Scorching JAZZ at it’s sweetest and meanest with a full palette of Jazz expression on loving show.  The pageant is produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.

As SAMSON SCHMITT grew up alongside his dad on the Birdland stage, it was time to maneuver on and escape on his personal. He heads the pack with the good Parisien accordionist/accordina player LUDOVIC BEIER on one aspect and virtuoso violinist PIERRE BLANCHARD on the other. The new addition to the band is the very gifted rhythm guitarist DOUDOU CUILLERIER who brings the gang to its ft when he ‘breaks out into scat singing’.  All from France, one American holds all of it collectively together with his swinging bass, Brian Torff. The very gifted guitarist KRUNO  from Philadelphia can be a Particular Guest.

Different prime Guest Appearances:  June 25 & 26: Peter Beets/jazz pianist from Holland, 27: David Langlois /washboards, 28:  Anat Cohen /sax&clarinet, 29 & 30: Edmar Castaneda/Jazz harp.

It’s a rip-roaring event, now in its 14th yr with a brand new CD just released titled  DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS on Three’s A Crowd Data.  Every of the artists from France, above talked about, are half of the recording. Fascinating to note, the band exists only ‘for America’, Birdland, and the tours that surround the Pageant appearances.  Once over, they  go their separate ways with the exception of Samson and Ludovic who carry out together sometimes in France. So it turns into an amazing reunion on the Birdland stage full of smiles and pleasure!  One may name it a lovefest !

A lot of the music might be from the new CD, many originals together with well-known Django compositions and requirements.  Guitar virtuosity is naturally on show alongside the enormously gifted musicians bringing the audience to its ft.

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Django Pageant Allstars
Reside At Birdland 2012
(Three’s A Crowd Data TCR 5001)
Road Date June 4, 2013)

Dorado Schmitt-lead guitar & violin, Samson Schmitt-lead & rhythm guitar,  Ludovic Beier-accordion & accordina, Pierre Blanchard-violin, Franko Mehrstein-rhythm guitar, Amati Schmitt-lead guitar, Bronson Schmitt-lead guitar, Doudou Cuillerier-rhythm guitar,
Xavier Nikq-bass, Jisoo Ok-cello, Anat Cohen-soprano sax

The most meaningful tribute that may be paid to great Jazz artists is not to merely pay homage, but to be impressed by that legacy to create new and vibrant music in that very same spirit.  From that perspective, The Django Pageant Allstars CD on Three’s A Crowd Data is an unbridled success.  With the immortal Django Reinhardt as its life spring, the 14-year previous Django Reinhardt New York Pageant as its central nervous system, and the Schmitt Gypsy household dynasty as its heartbeat, the Django Pageant Allstars deliver the legendary Gypsy guitarist’s legacy absolutely into the 21st Century.

Whereas the essence of Django, and his Quintet of the Scorching Membership de France companion Stephane Grappelli, is absolutely represented by the exceptional music on this CD, a full palette of Jazz expression is on loving show all through the 15 pleasant tracks.

Django has all the time been revered as Jazz royalty, however his reputation in New York City has acquired an incredible increase by way of the efforts of the Django Reinhardt Pageant’s co-founders and producers, Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta via the annual celebration at Birdland that has occurred yearly since 2000.  But not only has the Pageant created a slew of new followers for this timeless music, it has additionally offered the impetus for a union of superb musicians who have related via these occasions and now are permanently represented by this spectacular recording.

Schmitt household patriarch Dorado, a legendary Gypsy guitarist himself, and his son Samson have been longtime members of the family here. They’ve since been joined by the younger relations Bronson (21) and Amati (17) to create a veritable guitar dynasty, and all are featured prominently on this CD.  The Birdland stage was also the place where the Schmitts have been launched to the two different main contributors here, accordionist/accordina player Ludovic Beier  and violinist Pierre Blanchard.  These six are buoyed by the stalwart help of rhythm guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein and the extremely sympathetic and rhythmic Xavier Nikq on bass. So it’s an all-France lineup available for this historic recording. Additional spicing to the heady brew is added by the soprano sax of Anat Cohen and the cello of Jisoo Okay, who be a part of within the festivities on one monitor apiece.

Recorded reside at Birdland in 2012, the repertoire options two notable Django classics, a pair of requirements, two originals every by Beier and Blanchard, one by Bronson and 5 by Dorado.

Fairly appropriately the album opens with a standard piece heavily associated with Django – Swing Gitan.  With its vividly driving rhythm, virtuosic guitarist Dorado and Ludovic’s rocking accordion, the CD is off to a rip-roaring start. The two Reinhardt originals are each pretty ballads.  Django’s beautiful Nuages is a function for Anat Cohen on soprano sax and Dorado on guitar.  Whereas Anat stays away from copying the peerless Sidney Bechet’s fashion, she provides her own heart-wrenching interpretation, clearly evoking the temper of a smoky late-night Parisian café where Bechet, Django, Grappelli and their cohorts might have languidly expressed their distinctive artistry some 80 years ago.  Manoir de Mes Reves is a function for Beier’s accordina (a mouth accordion) – a deeply romantic and virtuosic gently strolling piece constructed upon a pillow of gossamer guitar rhythms and deeply wooded bass.

The two standards supply a pointy distinction in moods.  The Jimmy Green/Eddie Heywood basic Out Of Nowhere is a gently swinging merchandise featuring Blanchard’s gliding violin on the theme and sensible solos by Dorado and Blanchard over a standard strummed rhythm.  Pinkard, Tracey & Tauber’s Them There Eyes – made famous by Billie Vacation – is a blistering romp, with an explosive solo by Samson on lead guitar and equally scorching turns by Blanchard and Beier.

Angular modernism is the flavour for Beier’s Tenting Automotive, an Japanese-tinged, angular tour.  A smoking piece with a vibrant groove, it evokes the tension-filled depth of Juan Tizol’s Caravan, with powerfully driving bass strains and scalding accordion and violin solos.  Beier’s different unique, Pat’s Waltz, is a medium up-tempo swinger, tantalizingly syncopated with intricate melodic strains and an unfettered sense of swing.

Blanchard presents a extra traditional waltz fashion together with his Valse en Exil, vividly reminiscent of Paris, with a gently rolling theme bobbing simply on a vertical rhythmic structure.  Samson’s lilting guitar solo and Pierre’s swirling violin are highlights.  Dance type can also be at play for the violinist’s second unique, Balkanic Dance.  But gentility is just not the objective right here.  The considerably North Indian solo violin intro shortly kicks right into a hanging, biting piece whose Japanese modality exudes a devilish-like depth – restrained but unflinching as it builds to its climax.

A really totally different vibe is at hand with Bronson Schmitt’s Bronson’s Track.  A cool groover in a descended melodic pattern and deliciously suspended rhythm, the piece exhibits the affect of the ‘60’s Soul Jazz style and Bronson’s exciting solo explores territorial boundaries set by the good Grant Green.
The elder Schmitt’s 5 compositions exhibit a broad range of types and colours.  For Pierre, a ballad of filigreed magnificence is a function for Dorado’s deeply emotive violin styling.  Track For Ettore is a equally emotional foray into the normal Gypsy fashion, once more featuring Dorado on violin, with Ludovic on bandoneon and Amati on lead guitar every contributing mightily.  Melissa is a jaunty, properly syncopated swinger, with thrilling solos Samson, Blanchard and Beier.

Infectious Brazilian rhythms are the important thing to the final two items.  El Dorado’s funky intro melds right into a bouncy Samba-ish groove with a scrumptious violin/accordion unison line.  Bossa Dorado, a well known composition by Dorado – with Jisoo Ok including her cello to the combination – closes out this excellent album on an irresistible Bossa Nova groove, with a robust dose of Samba woven in, and dancing, twisting and cavorting solos to convey all of it residence.

For sure, the guitar virtuosity is just marvelous – appropriately.  However it by no means is showy or ostentatious; all the time in good unity with the musical vision.

Pageant directors Philips and Stratta additionally produced the recording and have programmed the fabric in excellent style, balancing the tempos and moods for max effectiveness and listening enjoyment.

A splendid album and a most becoming tribute to at least one of Jazz’s most singular figures.

For more information about this album and the Pageant, go to www.djangobirdland.com
Pageant Dates at Birdland:  June 25-30, 2013 & Nov.   5-10, 2013
Pat Philips Stratta Philips Productions [email protected]

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