Live review: Stéphane Wrembel, Raymond Kabbaz Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Equipment: Sharing pieces of solo guitar, waltzes and gypsy jazz by Django Reinhardt, as well as his original compositions, “Big Brother” (from Vicky Christina Barcelona) and “Bistro Fada” (from Midnight in Paris), guitar phenom Stephane Wrembel delighted jazz fans with an evening of fantastic music and storytelling during his stop in Los Angeles. Opening with solo performances on “Improvisation 1”, “Improvisation 2” and “Echoes of Spain”, he delivered his intricate artistry, fingerstyle expertise and flavors of flamenco alongside entertaining anecdotes about the legends. music he has studied for a long time.

Musicality : The addition of guitarist Tommy Davy and bassist Felix Kochendörfer shifted things towards traditional gypsy styles, including the magical, singsong backdrop of “Montagne Ste. Geneviève” and “Gin Gin”, the adventurous delight of “Indifférence” (by Tony Morena), and equal parts delicate vocals – deliberate picking – sincere tones on “Dinah”. Davy and Kochendörfer shared an incredibly smooth delivery on tracks and complex melodies, provided solid musical support and collaborated superbly.

Performance: Wrembel’s dynamic and approachable demeanor created a simple and authentic vibe. Fabulous solo performances by Davy and Kochendörfer presented their dedication to exquisite sound, and violinist Luanne Homzy added delightful string tension and precise pizzicato. The precisely timed cuts, smooth transitions, and incredible unity were magical to experience, especially on “Clouds,” where Wrembel and Davy switched to unison rhythm and chord lines to back up the bass solo. melodic by Kochendörfer. Another beautiful bass solo followed on “I’ll see you in my dreams” and “Tears” added soft glissandos and an incredibly delicate unison ending. A medley of Django’s “Claire de Lune” with the Russian folk song “Dark Eyes” rounded out the set with solos all around.

Summary: The evening featured the relaxed musical elegance of a true master of the gypsy guitar. His group of accomplished artists unfolded a seemingly effortless and unspoken musical thread, and shared an untouchable virtuoso mastery of an underrated jazz genre. Wrembel’s clear passion, superb tonality, and stunning fingerwork make even the most breathtaking guitar lines seem elemental, and the trio blended seamlessly, alternating warp-speed solos and melodic compromises with graceful ease. A wonderful celebration of the pure musical spirit.

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Players: Stéphane Wrembel, guitar; Tommy Davy, guitar; Felix Kochendörfer, bass; Luanne Homzy, violin

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