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‘Come Into My Swing’

Angelo Debarre

Ludovic Biere

Le Chant Du Monde – CDM 032

 

 

 

 

1 Venez Donc Chez Moi

9 Sonate Mystériuse

2 What Is This Thing Called Love

10 Stand By

3 Come Into My Swing

11 Stomping At Decca

4 Louise

12 Rêverie

5 Mister Sandman

13 Premier Bal

6 New Monmartre

14 Nice Trip

7 Clouds

15 Stomping At Birdland

8 Ne Dors Pas

 

During the last decade in the UK there has been a slow resurgence of ‘gypsy jazz’ even though throughout the rest of Europe its popularity has never waned. So, such names as Angelo Debarre and Ludovic Beier are new to most of us in this country.

‘Come Into My Swing’ features guitarist and jazz master Angelo Debarre supported by the excellent accordionist Ludovic Biere, bass player Antonio Licusati and rhythm guitarist Niglo Micheli.

Debarre was born in St. Denis, France into a Manush community where the gypsy jazz tradition is transmitted in family parties and gatherings. He began playing at the age of eight. Although his foremost influence was Django Reinhardt he is equally at ease with the music of Eastern Europe. Not only does this CD allow us to experience his fine technique it also highlights his composing talents. There is little doubt that he is making a memorable contribution to the annals of gypsy jazz.

What possessed him to include the hackneyed pop tune ‘Mr. Sandman’ I cannot perceive but the rest of the material is first class. The opening track ‘Venez Donc Chez Moi’ sets the high standard that is maintained throughout. The two titles that especially caught my attention were both Debarre compositions. ‘Stand By’ is a fast bossa and gives ample opportunity for Debarre and Biere to show us why they enjoy such high reputation throughout the rest of Europe. ‘Sonate Mystêrièuse’ is a solo piece by Debarre along classical lines and again we are treated to another facet of his performance.

This album is not just for connoisseurs of gypsy jazz – it is a ‘good old swinger’ and should appeal to anybody who appreciates music in the never dating Reinhardt tradition.

Jack Ashby



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