Django à la C​ré​ole (2007)

​This is repertory music of the best kind: informed by sincere study, yet never derivative; playful, more so than reverent; aimed at extending, not rehashing, a legacy."

​Larry Blumenfeld – 

​The Wall Street Journal

Track Listing:

  1. Douce Ambiance
  2. Farewell Blues
  3. Dinette
  4. I Know That You Know
  5. Manoir de Mes Rêves
  6. Low Cotton
  7. Nuages
  8. Mélodie au Crépuscule
  9. Insensiblement
  10. Tears / Djangology

Total Time: ​50min

​About This Music:

​I first met Dave Kelbie at a private gig in London at the top of the Gherkin Tower. I told him the story of Barney Bigard, the Creole clarinetist from New Orleans, coming to Paris with Duke Ellington in 1939 and recording with Django Reinhardt, the eminent guitarist. ​


Sure, th​at impromptu session only yielded five songs, but ​they were all we needed to imagine a project ​that ​sought to "Creolize" Django's music with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and ​​spice up the "hot club" feel with the flavor of New Orleans. David Blenkhorn and Sebastien Girardot had been working with me in Paris, and ​loved the concept.

​During our first U.K. tour together, the quartet spent a few days ​at a friend's place in ​a small village near Dorset to work​ out ​​the songs for this first CD. Then, we recorded at a studio in nearby Wales that was once an old flour mill. And that's how Django à la Créole was born.

Album Info:

Release Date: ​May, 2008


​​Evan Christopher – Clarinet
Dave Blenkhorn – Guitar
Dave Kelbie – Guitar
Sebastien Girardot – Double Bass


Recorded at Studio Felin Fach (Abergavenny, Wales) by Dylan Fowler


Produced by Dave Kelbie & Evan Christopher

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