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More often what usually comes to mind when you think of a jazz duo, is a combination of voice with instrumental accompaniment. Although at the end of the tracks, within this delightful selection of various interpretations, an unpretentious vocal is rendered by guitarist David Blenkhorn. This collaboration between guitar and contra-bassist Sebastien Girardot delivers a fresh, captivating selection of songs that epitomize musical intimacy.
The disc opens with a fresh arrangement on an old spiritual and mainstay within the traditional jazz repertoire, Just A Closer Walk With Thee. Beginning with a rubato intro, guitar and arco bass, they dance into a jubilant stroll establishing a definitive tempo in 3⁄4 time. With bass switching to pizzicato, a bass line and strong groove is maintained throughout, allowing the guitar to embellish on the melody, expanding rhythmically and harmonically to a climax, with the theme being stated once again, exiting the way they entered and finally vamping out, a tempo, this time with the jaunty bass line being established by the guitar.
I could go on and on about how nice this recording turned out. But when music is great, there’s really no room for criticism. Simply a smile of joy is an appropriate riposte. Finally, I thought it was necessary to set the mood with a detailed description of the opening track, which in my opinion gives a clear expectation of what is yet to come. Besides, there should be some space left for words from someone else who enjoys this recording as much as I do. Well done, my gifted brothers!

Leroy Jones

Audio from JazzAscona 2010 – Paris-Sydney Swing Connection w/Ehud Asherie

Its the Paris-Sydney Swing Connection playing the Gypsy and Just You Just Me at JazzAscona 2010, with Ehud Asherie sitting in on piano (George Washingmachine, Michel Pastre, David Blenkhorn, Sebastien Girardot and Guillaume Nouaux) :

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Jacques Besse recently sent me some audio and photos from the JazzAscona Festival in 2010. I have already posted some of the photos here

JazzAscona 2010 Photos – Paris-Sydney Connection + molto guests!

What a great session this was at the 2010 JazzAscona Festival! We started out as a quintet (Washingmachine, Pastre, Blenkhorn, Girardot and Nouaux) but were quickly joined by many friends…

Ehud Asherie and Aaron Diehl played some piano, Matt Minusteri strummed a few tunes. Dan Block blew some hot clarinet and Catherine Russell sung up a storm!! What great memories…
Thanks to Jacques Besse for the photos.

Upcoming tour dates in France w/ Dan Barrett and Frank Roberscheuten

Nov 24, 2011 – Villejuif, IDF (FR) @ Jazz aux Esselieres – Swingtet featuring Dan Barrett and Frank Roberscheuten
Nov 25, 2011 – Ivry-sur-Seine, IDF (FR) @ Jazz a Ivry – Swingtet featuring Dan Barrett and Frank Roberscheuten
Nov 27, 2011 – , C-A (FR) @ Hot Club de Champagne – Swingtet featuring Dan Barrett and Frank Roberscheuten
Dec 4, 2011 – Montargis, IDF (FR) @ Hot Club de Montargis – Swingtet featuring Dan Barrett and Frank Roberscheuten

Le grand musicien Dan Barrett sera en tournée cet automne avec un quintette de musiciens européen de haut niveau.

Dernier tromboniste de Benny Goodman et de Buck Clayton, Dan a joue avec tous les grands du jazz Americain tels que “Sweets” Edison, Houston Person, Ralph Sutton, Flip Phillips, Doc Cheatham, Clark Terry, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Buddy De Franco, Dave McKenna, Ray Brown….

Il sera accompagne du hollandais Frank Robersheuten au tenor, le français Guillaume Nouaux a la batterie et les australiens David Blenkhorn a la guitare et Sebastien Girardot a la contrebasse…

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  3. Someday You'll Be Sorry Tcha Limberger Trio With Mozes Rosenberg 5:07