Phonolith is brought to you by the Germany-based, “Bernd Konrad-Hans Koller Unit” yet features a multinational cast of modern jazz notables appearing on selected tracks.
The title piece commences and finalizes this outing in two slightly different flavors, yet on “Phonolith 1”, violinist Didier Lockwood lends his expertise to a composition that launches with a blazing foray of harmonic splendor amid a revved up march-like motif of rapid unison choruses and linear interludes. Here, Lockwood is on fire and should at the very least, shed any doubt as to his esteemed stature in jazz. However, Bernd Konrad, performing on soprano ...read more
Inimitable. Stéphane Grappelli was one of a kind. Rather than attempt to imitate him, Didier Lockwood pays tribute in his own way. A love of melody and a keen sense of swing remain as common denominators. Lockwood, however, adds high harmonics, spiritual whistles, unique improvisation and modern harmonic sounds to the performance. The changes are subtle, but they update the music appropriately. Lockwood provides two original compositions along with the program of songs associated with Stéphane Grappelli. Lockwood’s The Kid" swings with a modern Latin clave flavor, while his Barbizon Blues" provides a scene for fiery improvisation. Bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted ...read more
French violinist Didier Lockwood’s new CD brings together three of Europe’s outstanding jazz musicians in a lively Tribute To Stephane Grappelli. The classically trained Lockwood is accompanied by the Danish bass master Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen and noted French guitarist Bireli LaGrene in a set that would do Grappelli proud.
Lockwood is the recipient of the Waldrop violin, first presented to Grappelli in 1937. The famed French violinist Michel Waldrop initially presented the violin to Grappelli in recognition of him as a major new jazz violin talent, a sort of passing of the torch ritual. Grappelli later handed the cherished ...read more
After his excursions into modal jazz, rock, fusion and bop, Didier Lockwood has come home again to revel in the music of jazz violin great Stéphane Grappelli with whom Lockwood performed early in his career.In the process, Lockwood is exposing his astounding talent on a difficult instrument seldom heard in jazz to a broader audience. That audience can't help but sit up and take notice.With the aid of just-as-astounding Biréli Lagrène on guitar (assuming the Django Reinhardt role, of course) and Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass, this percussionless trio doesn't lack for swing or dynamism. ...read more