FAME Review: David Reinhardt Trio - Colombe
David Reinhardt Trio - Colombe


David Reinhardt Trio

Cristal Records - CR188

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

If that surname seems familiar, it is. David Reinhardt is the grandson of guitar god Django Reinhardt and is carrying grandpa's esteemed jazz tradition forward quite nicely but not necessarily in le jazz hot, nonetheless working his gig in a format designed to best exemplify nimble fingers, compositional abilities, and song choices. Colombe is the latest in a series of issuances that commenced in 2008. It was not carried in the States immediately, but, due to the appreciable uptick in the guitarist's popularity world-wide and subsequent to many well-received performances (you, as I'll show in a moment, can catch slices of them on YouTube), the disc is now available here. The trio, however, is an organ-guitar-drums congeries, dropping the usual bass guitar, and so the atmospherics are much wider and more colorful than a trad configuration might evoke.

Florence Gac plies that organ, also writing several songs, and roots himself in a more modern fusiony profile than did Django's old wont. In fact, you'll hear more than a little Brian Auger, as in XV, with Reinhardt pacing along beside in tones and glides somewhat a la Holdsworth when he lays back or Coryell in his old Eleventh House cool-outs (when he wasn't indulging pyromania and burning down the stereo system). Yoann Serra's talents are also well demonstrated on that cut, moving with suppleness between time signatures and rhythmic pronouncements. A good set of traps is sooooo important in a trio (catch the solo Me Harmano)!

If you want to see Reinhardt trioing with two other top flight axehandlers, catch the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaN8-xkFw0U take on Grooving High. Superb! All three of these cats are unreal good, and Reinhardt is most definitely more than comfortable among such stratospheric compeers. Colombe, as that vid will demonstrate, is much breezier than you might expect, given the imposing antecedent of his daunting lineage, but oh so delicious and impeccably clean, dextrous, and spirited. Somewhere in the clouds, a certain pencil thinly mustachioed world shaking artist is smiling as he snaps his grandfatherly fingers, thinking "Tres bien, mon petite fils, tres bien!"

Track List:

  • Lady (David Reinhardt)
  • XV (Florent Gac)
  • A Fool's Errand (Michael Franck)
  • Aparecida (Ivan Lins)
  • Me Hermano (Yoann Serra)
  • Colombe (David Reinhardt)
  • C (Florent Gac)
  • Love Theme (Spartacus Original Soundtrack)
  • Melina's Theme (Florent Gac)
  • C (Florent Gac) (solo organ / piano)
  • Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)
  • Love Theme (Spartacus Original Soundtrack) (solo guitar)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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