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 Pedersen and guitarist Biréli Lagrène fill roles as if they were members of the Quintet of the Hot Club Of France. The bassist solos liberally throughout the album, while Lagrène accepts a lesser, supportive role. His feature on Django Reinhardt’s "Minor Swing" dances romantically. Consisting of several slow ballads and mostly up-tempo romps, the session pays homage to a legend respectfully and intelligently.
Les Valseuses; I Got Rhythm; Nuages; Barbizon Blues; All the Things You Are; My One and Only Love; The Kid; Someday My Prince Will Come; Minor Swing; Misty; Pent-Up House; Tears; In a Sentimental Mood; Beautiful Love.
All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.