Thursday, February 23, 2017

CD Review: Stephane Wrembel Pays Tribute To Django Reinhardt With Two New Albums

French-born guitarist Stephane Wrembel was inspired by famous French guitarist Django Reinhardt to study jazz and contemporary classical music. Wrembel is best known as one of the premier Gypsy Jazz guitarists in the world. He pays his respect to Reinheardt by issuing two new studio albums titled "The Django Experiment I & II." 
 
Both albums will be released simultaneously on March 3rd through Water Is Life Records and each carries a dozen tracks mixing many of Django Reinhardt originals together with other modern tracks that carry the same vision as Reinhardt's. Volume 1 begins with a couple of up-beat Reinhardt classics "Nuages" and "Gin-Gin," which carry a jazzy swing. The nostalgic feel of "Dinette" allows Nick Driscoll to showcase his talents on the clarinet. The first of three Wrembel originals is "Windmills," which fits perfectly among the other Reinhardt numbers as he follows the blueprint laid down by the master of jazz guitar. Wrembel continues his display of appreciation with "Djangology" as his guitar work is stunning. He finishes "The Django Experiment I" with the eight minute addictive, quick-pace of "Minor Swing" lead by drummer Nick Anderson, as Stephane Wrembel leaves the best for last. 
 
Volume 2 begins with the nine-minute jazz swing of "Douce Ambiance," which features Wrembel and Driscoll trading solos. Wrembel continues the album with the rockabilly flavor of "Viper's Dream" and the more worldly, European feel of "Valse de Bamboula." The tempo slows down for the blues of "Boston," featuring Ari Folman-Cohen on bass and Thor Jensen on guitar. Wrembel gives his fingers a work-out on the Reinhardt original "Tears," before diving into the nine-minute steady pace of "Minor Blues," which allows everyone to step into the solo spotlight. The album finishes up with the smooth Reinhardt original "Anouman" as the music simply glides along. To find out more about Stephane Wrembel and his latest releases, "The Django Experiment," please visit stephanewrembel.com.

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