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Rocky Gresset

Rocky Gresset

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The Gypsy swing music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli of the 1930s has been kept alive by various European jazz musicians in the decades since Reinhardt's death in 1953 and Grappelli's in 1996. For the most part, the young guitarist Rocky Gresset continues Reinhardt's approach in his debut effort as a leader, utilizing a quartet with violinist Costel Nitescu and rhythm guitarist Matheu Chatelain, with bassist Jeremie Arranger taking over on two tracks. Gresset doesn't really break new ground in his treatments of standards like “Time on My Hands," “Just One of Those Things," and “Blue Skies." One of Reinhardt's songs, “Webster," is an obscurity dating from the guitarist's post-World War II years; Gresset and Nitescu offer impressive solos. While most of the music is Gypsy swing, Gresset switches to electric guitar for an impressive rendering of Wes Montgomery's “Jingles," which adds some Gypsy elements into the driving bop vehicle. He also plays electric guitar in an upbeat swinging setting of “Here's That Rainy Day" and the late Michel Petrucciani's upbeat Latin-flavored gem “Looking Up." This is an impressive beginning for Rocky Gresset.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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1
The Way You Look Tonight
00:02:49

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

2
Blue Skies
00:03:48

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

3
My Foolish Heart
00:04:39

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

4
Jingles
00:03:25

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

5
Dream of You
00:04:35

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

6
Looking Up
00:04:31

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

7
Just One of Those Things
00:03:32

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

8
Ballade pour Rose
00:04:21

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

9
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
00:06:10

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

10
Darn That Dream
00:02:46

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

11
Webster
00:04:03

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

12
Time on My Hands
00:04:09

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

13
Pour Toi
00:01:07

Rocky Gresset, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

Album Description

The Gypsy swing music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli of the 1930s has been kept alive by various European jazz musicians in the decades since Reinhardt's death in 1953 and Grappelli's in 1996. For the most part, the young guitarist Rocky Gresset continues Reinhardt's approach in his debut effort as a leader, utilizing a quartet with violinist Costel Nitescu and rhythm guitarist Matheu Chatelain, with bassist Jeremie Arranger taking over on two tracks. Gresset doesn't really break new ground in his treatments of standards like “Time on My Hands," “Just One of Those Things," and “Blue Skies." One of Reinhardt's songs, “Webster," is an obscurity dating from the guitarist's post-World War II years; Gresset and Nitescu offer impressive solos. While most of the music is Gypsy swing, Gresset switches to electric guitar for an impressive rendering of Wes Montgomery's “Jingles," which adds some Gypsy elements into the driving bop vehicle. He also plays electric guitar in an upbeat swinging setting of “Here's That Rainy Day" and the late Michel Petrucciani's upbeat Latin-flavored gem “Looking Up." This is an impressive beginning for Rocky Gresset.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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