I Remember Django

I Remember Django

by Howard Alden


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One of the greatest jazz guitarists of his generation, Howard Alden has played many different styles during his career. The music of Django Reinhardt was an early inspiration and it became one of the many parts of Alden's extensive repertoire. Alden's approach to Django's music has its own distinct sound; he doesn't attempt to reproduce the instrumentation of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, instead using a single rhythm guitarist (Matt Munisteri) and bassist (Jon Burr, who spent over a decade playing with Stéphane Grappelli at the end of the violinist's long career), with guest appearances by Anat Cohen or Warren Vaché on several tracks. Alden plays two of Reinhardt's compositions, on acoustic guitar in a brilliant setting of "Nuages" as a duet with Cohen on soprano sax, along with a magical solo treatment of the Reinhardt/Grappelli work "Tears." Duke Ellington's "Jubilee Stomp" is an overlooked gem, but Alden and friends bring it to life in a hard-charging arrangement, with Cohen's spirited soprano rivaling Alden for top solo honors. Cohen switches to clarinet to for Alden's intimate arrangement of Barney Kessel's "I Remember Django." Vaché's muted trumpet is added in the samba setting of the standard "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," switching to open horn for a deliberate stroll through "I'm Confessin'." While there have been many tributes to Django Reinhardt since his death in 1953, Howard Alden's I Remember Django is easily among the most memorable efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941115321
catalogNumber: 19401
Rank: 88162

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Alden   Primary Artist,Guitar
Warren Vaché   Cornet
Jon Burr   Bass
Matt Munisteri   Guitar
Anat Cohen   Clarinet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Howard Alden   Producer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Barney Kessel   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Paul Misraki   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ed Kirkeby   Composer
Doc Dougherty   Composer
Alan Nahigian   Cover Photo
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
John Kellette   Composer
Joseph A. Passalaqua   Composer
Jan Kenbrovin   Composer
Phyllis Kessel   Liner Notes

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