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09/10/12

David Reinhardt Trio
Colombe

Playing against expectations, given that his grandfather was the one and only Django Reinhardt, the 26-year-old guitarist David Reinhardt pursues a modern direction more informed by bebop, bossa nova, funk and fusion than by the Hot Club of France. With Hammond B3 organist Florent Gac and drummer Yoann Serra in tow, he opens with a gentle fingerstyle ballad, “Lady,” before segueing into the edgy B3 burner “XV,” which carries a hint of the original Tony Williams Lifetime trio. The relaxed swinger “A Fool’s Errand” features Reinhardt delivering warm, Wes Montgomery-style octaves, and he reserves his most lyrical playing for Ivan Lins’ mellow “Aparecida.” The title track, an uptempo swinger dedicated to Reinhardt’s grandmother, features his boldest hard-bop-fueled lines, and “Melina’s Theme” has him playing funky rhythm guitar à la Jimmy Nolen from James Brown’s band. Reinhardt also turns in a briskly swinging take on Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Here’s That Rainy Day” and an unaccompanied acoustic reading of the poignant “Love Theme From Spartacus.”

Originally published in September 2012
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