Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Get out your Gypsy jazz dancing shoes for this one. In honor of the 100th anniversary of guitarist Django Reinhardt's birth, The Rosenberg Trio pays homage to the king of European jazz. Djangologists swings as hard as any gypsy jazz recording you'll ever hear. The trio of brothers - Stochelo on lead guitar, Nous'che on rhythm guitar and Nonnie on double bass - are telepathic in their interplay. They are frenetic in their energy. And together, the trio is so true, they damn near conjure the ghost of Django himself. All of this and Bireli Legrene, too. Legrene is a guitar genius in any setting, but he's at his best playing this style. On tracks that include Legrene, the liner notes let you know that Legrene is in the right channel and Stochelo in the left. That little piece of information really adds to the enjoyment of this exquisite listening experience. It's is just one of the details that enja and producer Ivan Minthe painstakingly got right on this project.
The packaging reminds you why downloading music is garbage. Open the first flap of the tri-fold case and there's a great photo of Django's Selmer guitar with his name inscribed on the headstock. It's like a Holy Grail for string players. Open the second flap and you're treated to a CD, a DVD and liner notes in French and English written by Minthe. More than liner notes, the words come out like a government decree on the superhuman greatness of Reinhardt, and how The Rosenberg Trio has been ordained to play this music. Oh yeah, the music - there are 18 songs written by Django, associated with Django or inspired by Django. The trio kicks off the recording with a terrific romp on Django's "Vendredi 13" and Cy Coleman's "Dream Of You." Legrene first joins in on "Peche A La Mouche." It's such a pleasure to listen to him and Stochelo trade off the lead and rhythm guitar parts. After that, lots of hits - "Clair De Lune," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Moonglow" and "I'll Never Smile Again," to name a few. There are also two Stochelo Rosenberg tunes, "Double Jeu" and "Gipsy Groovin'." They fit the program like a glove. The DVD offers a very nice making-of-the-album look into this project. It is a terrific bonus that lets you see the intensity and joy these musicians share.Djangologists is a crazy-good romp, a fantastic Django celebration." -DownBeat
Down Beat (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The Stochelo-Birelli exchanges are the main source of musical fireworks in this set....Their near-mind-boggling collaborations are the higher mathematics of guitar playing."
Personnel: Biréli Lagrène (guitar); Stochelo Rosenberg (guitar); Nonnie Rosenberg (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Ivan Minthe.
Liner Note Author: Ivan Minthe.
Recording information: Audioworkx Studios, The Netherlands (10/23/2009-10/29/2009).
Photographer: Harry Klunder.