The Rosenberg Trio - Gipsy Swing

The Rosenberg Trio - Gipsy Swing
Chamber Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Gypsy, Jazz Instrument, South/Eastern European Traditions
Gipsy Swing

The Rosenberg Trio has specialized in gypsy swing on their CDs, though they have been known to venture outside the traditional fare played by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. With Stochelo Rosenberg as the lead guitarist, Nous'che Rosenberg the rhythm guitarist and Nonnie Rosenberg the bassist, only five of the seventeen tracks feature the trio alone. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" is a lively opener, while "Cherokee" starts in a waltz-like setting before quickly picking up the tempo. One nice surprise is the inclusion of the infrequently played Reinhardt/Grappelli composition "Hungaria," while the intricate gypsy number "Latcheben" is a masterpiece. When additional musicians are added, the complete trio isn't always featured. Stochelo adds piano, bass, drums, vibes and percussion for an elegant rendition of John Lewis' "Django," while he is part of a nonet for a bossa nova setting of Toots Thielemans' "Bluesette." There are several excursions into pop, including a rather bland "Tequila," a generic easy listening take of "Theme From Mahogany" and a sleepy setting of "Rosemary's Baby" that may bore some of the group's fans. Better is the energetic setting of Chuck Mangione's "Children of Sanchez." The best selections remain the ones featuring the full trio (with or without guests), including the subtle take of "Begin the Beguine" that adds drums, vibes and percussion.

It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) / Duke Ellington / Irving MillsThe Rosenberg Trio2:29
DjangoThe Rosenberg Trio3:47
TequilaThe Rosenberg Trio2:43
Miro Tata Mimer (For My Dad Mimer)The Rosenberg Trio3:37
Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) / Gerry Goffin / Michael MasserThe Rosenberg Trio3:30
Cherokee / Ray NobleThe Rosenberg Trio2:48
BluesetteThe Rosenberg Trio4:42
Guitar BoogieThe Rosenberg Trio2:21
Rosemary's BabyThe Rosenberg Trio3:48
Silk and SteelThe Rosenberg Trio3:41
CavatinaThe Rosenberg Trio4:53
HungariaThe Rosenberg Trio2:52
Children of SanchezThe Rosenberg Trio4:05
Yours Is My Heart Alone (Dein Ist Main Ganzes Herz)The Rosenberg Trio3:21
Begin the Beguine / Cole PorterThe Rosenberg Trio3:47
LatschebenThe Rosenberg Trio2:02
How Insensitive (Insensatez)The Rosenberg Trio4:49

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