Two years after his latest trio album with David Reinhardt and Jean-Baptiste Laya, Christian Escoudé is back in the beginning of 2010 with a rich and varied album, recorded with the cream of jazz musicians: David Reinhardt and Jean-Baptiste Laya on guitars, Anne Paceo on drums, Darryl Hall on acoustic bass, Thomas Savy on clarinets and whiz kid Fiona Monbet on violin. A high-level rhythm section, clarinets' solos worthy of a classical soloist, a violin filled with emotion, meticulous arrangements, a beautiful production, a splendid acoustic sound accompanying Christian Escoudé's very inspired guitars, giving this album a very special flavour. The spiritual father of the whole new generation of guitarists, Christian offers here a light and yet very intense album, reminding us he is one of Django's most worthy representative. Long live the young at heart!
Bassist Eddie Gomez and pianist Cesarius Alvim met through the late Bill Evans while Gomez was still playing in his trio. A decade after Evans' death in 1980, they made their first album together, though it would be 20 years before they reunited for this impressive duo session. With minimal discussion of prospective songs, they work magic together in the studio, playing a mix of standards, obscurities, and originals. Gomez sometimes sings softly along with his bass (as he would do at times in Evans' group), while the less well-known Alvim proves himself to be a sensitive accompanist and lyrical soloist. Their spacious treatment of "Spring Is Here" brings out its bittersweet nature while taking this favorite into new territory.