Stochelo Rosenberg

July 15, 2005

A towering figure in today’s Gypsy jazz scene and—like Django Reinhardt before him—a member of Western Europe’s Sinti community, Stochelo Rosenberg manages to push the Hot Club sound into the 21st century without compromising its fiery technique and snappy acoustic tone. On Ready ’n Able, Rosenberg mixes originals (the Joe Pass-meets-Segovia “Listen” is astounding) with tunes by Charlie Parker (“Relaxing at Camarillo”), Stevie Wonder (“I Wish”), and soul-jazz organist Jimmy Smith (“Ready ’n Able”). Toss in such classics as “Djangology,” “All the Things You Are,” and “Body and Soul,” and you have the ingredients for an eclectic, deeply satisfying jazz-guitar experience. Skillfully accompanied by guitarist and younger brother Mozes (who contributes wonderful solos of his own) and upright bassist Sani Van Mullem, Rosenberg delivers blistering arpeggios and runs with a quivering vibrato and lightning speed worthy of Mr. Reinhardt himself. Armed with vintage Selmer and modern Léo Eimers 6-strings, Rosenberg makes genuine jazz manouche that sounds fresh, yet timeless. Iris Music. —Andy Ellis

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