Dec 122010

Founder of the "Hot Club of France" With Django Reinhardt

Stephane Grapelli (1908 – 1997), violinist extraordinaire, played with Django Reinhardt from the 1030s through the ’50’s. Over the years, he has played with a who’s who list of musicians from George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, and a lot with guitarist Martin Taylor.

In the following video clip, he plays with the great classical violinist Yehudi Menuin on a BBC broadcast.

Here he plays Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” with Martin Taylor

Stephane Grapelli on WikiPedia

Dec 122010

Django Reinhardt, The Gypsy King

Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), was born to gypsies, and was a composer and guitar virtuoso. At 18, a fire severely damaged his left hand. He learned to play with just 2 fingers, and could do so at lightning speed.

His quintet, the “Hot Club of France”, featuredStephane Grapelli, Django, Bass, and two “D-Hole” acoustic guitarists. Martin Taylor has a tribute band, but with different instrumentation. There is a whole school of guitar virtuosi carrying on the tradition that also includes Bireli Lagrene, and Stochelo Rosenberg, and many others well-known and not so well-known. Continue reading »

Dec 122010

Martin Taylor, Guitar Virtuoso of Jazz Styles

Martin Taylor (1956 – ) was practically born with a guitar in his hand. The guitarist Pat Metheny has said he is “is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable”. His influences include Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Ted Greene and Art Tatum. He is equally comfortable with pick or fingers.

Below are videos of both “Stella By Starlight” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” which you can compare with Birelli Gegrene’z version. Continue reading »