Adrien Moignard: Impressions




Adrien Moignard (guitar)


Selmer #607 (LDC Studio)

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Adrien Moignard (guitar),

Ghali Hadefi, David Gastine (rhythm guitars), Jérémie Arranger (bass)


Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: Montreuil, France, January 7, 2008


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Those unfamiliar with Django Reinhardt, "jazz Manouche" and its growing legion of Hot Club swing revivalists may want to play a little catch-up. The Django jazz movement has caught fire across the globe, with fans flocking to clubs, concert venues and Django festivals for their Gypsy jazz fix. Far from being a preservationist movement, the music is evolving with the times, as evidenced by the Selmer 607 project.

Five of the genre's top guitarists were chosen to record three tunes apiece on a 1946 Selmer petite bouche acoustic, model #607 (of the same linage as Selmer #503, Django's favorite guitar). Backed by the standard la pompe rhythm section of bass and two guitars, the five soloists ply their muscular chops over a range of material from traditional Django tunes to more contemporary modal jazz. Reactions to these sessions have run the gamut from whoops of astonishment to the deafening silence of amazement.

Adrien Moignard, a relatively unknown young French guitarist, clearly demonstrates what the powerful Gypsy technique can bring to a contemporary jazz jam staple, Coltrane's "Impressions." After a 4-bar rhythm intro, Adrien lays down the familiar head over the rhythm section's solid pompe before launching into a take-no-prisoners solo educing the fabled instrument's characteristic crunch and bark. With tantalizing sweeps, blistering chromatic runs and signature Gypsy enclosures, his ideas sound fresh, substantive and inspired. This kid ain't phoning it in.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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  • 1 Andrew Reissiger // Jun 01, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    I just saw Adrien perform at the 2008 SF Djangofest. Holy Sh**!!! Yes, he can move his fingers. But whatever. You can tell that he and his band--Ensemble Zaiti--have fun playing. The musical jokes are endless and I couldn't stop smiling. Adrien's playing is never predictable and he has fun taking you out on the tightrope.
  • 2 van // Jun 10, 2008 at 02:02 AM
  • 3 ALAIN BAYER // Nov 30, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    Really interesting ; smooth ant innovating
  • 4 Lambert // Apr 29, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    Alo mon pot Adrien , pouro pesscheur de Black-bass a la petite laque a Samoreau ou tu as louer mon canne a oesche 2 annee,s passez !!! Tu me connais encore ? Lambert de Hollande ! A vendre une D-hole Guitar avec 14 frets , specialement faites 1 fois et exister 1 exemplaire dans la monde faites pour Tschavolo en 2004 ! All Taxation documents avec hein ! Rieketoet de Lambert :