Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment III

For the third time, guitarist Stepane Wrembel mixes reverence and experimentation in his exploration of Django Reinhardt’s songbook. He’s joined by Thor Jensen/g, Ari Folman Cohen/b, Nick Anderson/dr and Nick Driscoll/cl-sax, and together revisit pieces such as the classic “Nuages,” but with a  Reavelian sense of harmonies along with Driscoll’s clarinet, or adding guitar effects to the gypsy pulse of”Lets Flots du Danube.” Anderson  propels the team on the upbeat “Swing Gitan/Apocalypse” and the leader shows deft fingerwork on the fun “Fate” and suave “Si Tu Savais” while strumming with aplomb on “Manoir De Mes Reves.”  A nice meld of Left Bank bohemian and modern ideas.

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