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Pop - Released January 1, 2003 | Emarcy
The Rosenberg Trio was introduced to an international jazz audience by sharing the spotlight with violinist Stéphane Grappelli on a live recording celebrating his 85th birthday. Since then, the three musicians have continued to explore Gypsy swing on their own, revisiting many of the standards and original compositions first popularized by Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt when they co-led the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Recorded at an outdoor concert in Reinhardt's birthplace (Samois, Belgium), Stochelo Rosenberg plays lead guitar, with Nous'che Rosenberg on rhythm guitar, and Nonnie Rosenberg on bass. Since the latter two stick pretty much to supporting roles, Stochelo's energetic Reinhardt-influenced solos are the star attraction and without a second lead instrument, most of the performances run between three and five minutes. While the trio doesn't bring anything new to these timeless works, they succeed in keeping the Gypsy swing tradition alive. Among the highlights are the lively medley of "Nuages" and a rapid-fire "Daphne" (frequently favored by Grappelli during his post-Reinhardt career), a tantalizing "Minor Swing," and an ridiculously uptempo rendition of "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." Recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | Verve
The Rosenberg Trio continues the tradition of the Gypsy swing of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, though in a stripped-down format consisting of lead guitar (Stochelo Rosenberg), rhythm guitar (Nous'che Rosenberg), and bass (Nonnie Rosenberg). While the trio successfully delves into the 1930s repertoire of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, including a vigorous workout of their "Minor Swing" and a lyrical setting of "Nuages," along with swing tunes from the era, they are very open to other styles. Their rapid-fire take of Sonny Rollins' "Pent-Up House" (a favorite of Grappelli during the 1970s) and an engaging take of Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" demonstrate their ability to convert bop vehicles into Gypsy swing, something they accomplish equally well with the music of Chick Corea. While the Rosenberg Trio gained some international exposure by appearing on a CD with Grappelli late in his career, this exciting live disc is additional proof that they deserve greater worldwide exposure, especially outside of Europe. ~ Ken Dryden
Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Verve
The Rosenberg Trio has specialized in gypsy swing on their CDs, though they have been known to venture outside the traditional fare played by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. With Stochelo Rosenberg as the lead guitarist, Nous'che Rosenberg the rhythm guitarist and Nonnie Rosenberg the bassist, only five of the seventeen tracks feature the trio alone. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" is a lively opener, while "Cherokee" starts in a waltz-like setting before quickly picking up the tempo. One nice surprise is the inclusion of the infrequently played Reinhardt/Grappelli composition "Hungaria," while the intricate gypsy number "Latcheben" is a masterpiece. When additional musicians are added, the complete trio isn't always featured. Stochelo adds piano, bass, drums, vibes and percussion for an elegant rendition of John Lewis' "Django," while he is part of a nonet for a bossa nova setting of Toots Thielemans' "Bluesette." There are several excursions into pop, including a rather bland "Tequila," a generic easy listening take of "Theme From Mahogany" and a sleepy setting of "Rosemary's Baby" that may bore some of the group's fans. Better is the energetic setting of Chuck Mangione's "Children of Sanchez." The best selections remain the ones featuring the full trio (with or without guests), including the subtle take of "Begin the Beguine" that adds drums, vibes and percussion. ~ Ken Dryden
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