Django a la Creole | Django a la Creole http://djangoalacreole.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:32:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 On the Road with Django a la Creole http://djangoalacreole.com/on-the-road-with-django-a-la-creole/ http://djangoalacreole.com/on-the-road-with-django-a-la-creole/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 14:07:28 +0000 http://djangoalacreole.com/?p=813 Read more

]]>
This season, we celebrate our 3rd CD, “LIVE”, and welcome Danish guitar virtuoso, Jacob Fischer. Jacob and I first met and performed together in Denmark last summer. His stellar debut with DalaC earlier this month in Austria made it clear: There’s a whole lot of guitar happening here! Click here for the complete list of shows with Jacob in May and June.

The band isn’t slowing down. We are still trying to blend the finesse of acoustic presentations with driving swing. The new CD shows it and recently prompted Clive Davis (THE SUNDAY TIMES UK) to ask, “Is there a more graceful band at work at the moment?” …Nice compliment, right?

- Evan

]]>
http://djangoalacreole.com/on-the-road-with-django-a-la-creole/feed/ 0
March 2014 tour dates announced – http://djangoalacreole.com/march-2014-tour-dates-announced/ http://djangoalacreole.com/march-2014-tour-dates-announced/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:58:54 +0000 http://djangoalacreole.com/?p=648 DAC-March-2014We are happy to announce our spring tour dates for march 2014. This coincides with the release of our new live album! For more details and links to maps and Facebook events – click here. We have shows at Sancy Snow Jazz in Le Mont-Dore, Duc des Lombards and Cazaudehore in Paris, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Worcester and...

Read more

]]>
DAC-March-2014

DAC-March-2014
We are happy to announce our spring tour dates for march 2014. This coincides with the release of our
new live album! For more details and links to maps and Facebook events – click here.

We have shows at Sancy Snow Jazz in Le Mont-Dore, Duc des Lombards and Cazaudehore in Paris, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Worcester and the Q in London.

]]>
http://djangoalacreole.com/march-2014-tour-dates-announced/feed/ 0
New Album! – Live http://djangoalacreole.com/new-album-live/ http://djangoalacreole.com/new-album-live/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 21:39:13 +0000 http://djangoalacreole.com/?p=373 DAC-live-100dpiWe are excited to announce that we will be releasing our new Live album in March 2014. We will be celebrating with concerts in Paris, Mont-Dore, Bristol, London and Worcester between the 1st and 10th of March. See here for more details about the gigs. If you would like to be contacted when the album is ready, leave us you...

Read more

]]>
DAC-live-100dpi

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing our new Live album in March 2014. We will be celebrating with concerts in Paris, Mont-Dore, Bristol, London and Worcester between the 1st and 10th of March. See here for more details about the gigs.

If you would like to be contacted when the album is ready, leave us you email:

[contact-form-7] ]]>
http://djangoalacreole.com/new-album-live/feed/ 0
Django a la Creole – First Album! http://djangoalacreole.com/dacfirstalbum/ http://djangoalacreole.com/dacfirstalbum/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:55:34 +0000 http://djangoalacreole.com/?p=149 DAC album 200CHOSEN IN THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 CDS OF 2008 In a favorable review of this CD, Alison Kerr of the Scotsman reminds us that, “CDs invoking the memory of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and his recorded output are ten a penny.” So, to necessarily distinguish Django à la Créole from the myriad other efforts, Christopher took the...

Read more

]]>
DAC album 200

DAC album 400

CHOSEN IN THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 CDS OF 2008

In a favorable review of this CD, Alison Kerr of the Scotsman reminds us that, “CDs invoking the memory of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and his recorded output are ten a penny.” So, to necessarily distinguish Django à la Créole from the myriad other efforts, Christopher took the advice of New Orleans piano professor Jelly-Roll Morton who said, “For jazz, you’ve got to have that Spanish Tinge.” Morton was referring to Latinate rhythms, especially the sultry Habañera, that have infused the popular musics of New Orleans from the earliest days of jazz to the present. The group strives to season well-worn repertory with rhythms from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. In these instances, such as the opening track DOUCE AMBIANCE, the rhythm guitar and bass work in tandem to create a bed of syncopations on which the melodies can float. For the group’s more swinging vehicles, requisite are referentiality to New Orleans or nods to the most significant early jazz innovators. For example, FAREWELL BLUES, recorded by Django with Benny Carter is a 1923 standard composed by members of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

DINETTE, Django’s contrafact based on DINAH gets a Cha-Cha-Cha treatment with David Blenkhorn evoking the color of the Cuban Tres. Not content to simply recreate one of the jams that paired Django with the Ellingtonians, Christopher tries to imagine what the Hot Club of France might have done with I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW if they had heard the classic 1928 rendition by Jimmy Noone. A Bolero take on Django’s classic ballad MANOIR DE MES REVES uses introductory material from both his 193? and 194? versions. Rex Stewart’s LOW COTTON is only slightly embellished here. “Lowness” is emphasized by an unhurried tempo, bluesy bass solo, and Christopher’s use of the clarinet’s most profound register even below it’s usual range. Two of Django’s most famous compositions NUAGES and MELODIE AU CREPESCULE transport us to Havana then Rio De Janeiro. INSENSIBLEMENT, like a Creole lullaby, slows the pace for a bit of romance before the closer which combines two pieces, TEARS and DJANGOLOGY, into a single Mortonesque Spanish-tinged rag.

This re-working of tradition is the main goal and focus of Django à la Créole. These virtuoso musicians know that the style-specific language that anchors them in the respective traditions of their instruments must be rendered faithfully and personally before they can be reinterpreted. Anything less would be at best unimaginative repertory, or a museum piece; at worst music for nostalgia’s sake which inevitably reduces art to a parody of itself. Lastly, it should be stated that the group’s hope for this CD recording marks an attempt to return to an earlier model for jazz. Another important aspect of traditions, especially jazz, is that they do not evolve naturally in the vacuum of the musicians’ creative world. The listening audience must help to celebrate the traditions as well. Instead of a performance inviting one to purchase a CD, Christopher and company hope that this recording will serve as an invitation to experience their music the way it was intended. Live.

]]>
http://djangoalacreole.com/dacfirstalbum/feed/ 0