Christian Escoudé: After You've Gone

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After You've Gone

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Holidays (Emarcy 514 304-2)

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Musicians:

Christian Escoudé (guitar),

Paul Challain Ferret (guitar), Frédéric Sylvestre (guitar)

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Composed by Henry Creamer & Turner Layton

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Recorded: Paris, May 18-19, 1992

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Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The international audience may not be aware of Christian Escoudé, but his peers know better. Outside of France, he has recorded with the likes of John McLaughlin or Charlie Haden. In his native country, he is considered a great. Here, Escoudé goes back to his Gypsy roots, even if he usually doesn't want to be confined to this genre. His Gypsy trio (Sylvestre being the only non-Gypsy) both pays homage to the tradition and explores the possibilities that this setting offers to three acoustic guitar players with contemporary influences. Virtuosity, tight interaction between creative soloing and fairly traditional strumming, expressive moans and groans – this all conjures up popular cafés in the outskirts of Paris where Gypsy musicians often meet. But these definitely don't sound like orthodox followers of Django Reinhardt.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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