“This Guy’s in Love With You” is disguised with creative twists and turns. Django Reinhardt would have made the melody more obvious; however, his music would surely have grown some over the years. It’s a safe bet that he’d have loved Sud’s treatment of a popular song. “Moon River” finds Sylvain Luc expressing a familiar melody while the trio lays down a driving samba rhythm.
Two tracks are drum solos. While Reinhardt loved a driving rhythm, it’s unlikely he’d warm to a Gene Krupa swingfest. Still, there are other considerations. Swing comes in many forms. Would the master Gypsy guitarist have considered that particular kind of big band work?
Ballads feed the listener. Sud provides a few ballads, a samba or two, bebop, and a lot of swinging, acoustic fun. Their eponymous album is an honorable tribute to the legacy of Django Reinhardt and comes highly recommended.
Track Listing: Night in Tunisia; Bella Vista; Jade et Melody; Mojo; Ouverture; Ameskeri; Roots 6406; This Guy
Personnel: Sylvain Luc- guitar; Jean-Marc Jafet- bass; Andr
Record Label: Dreyfus Records