The Rosenberg Trio: Minor Swing
The Rosenberg Trio
Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Polydor 519446-2)
Composed by Stéphane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt.
Recorded: live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands, July 12, 1992
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
The Rosenberg Trio was among the hits of the 1992 North Sea Jazz Festival, and fortunately 17 of their selections were recorded, ranging from traditional Gypsy Swing themes to more modern items like Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" and Sonny Rollins's "Pent-Up House." But the real test for this kind of acoustic group is a classic from the repertoire of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. On the up-tempo "Minor Swing," Stochelo Rosenberg and his two cousins bring the house down. Stochelo's lead guitar displays fluidity and finesse that few if any other guitarists in this style can match, what with his wonderfully fast vibrato and long, intricately woven arpeggios, and a seemingly effortless, naturally swinging pulse. Nous'che Rosenberg's rhythm guitar is relentlessly driving, and Nonnie Rosenberg's bass is steadfast in its support.
Less than a year later, The Rosenberg Trio performed as invited guests at Stéphane Grappelli's 85th birthday party at Carnegie Hall in New York. Said Grappelli, who would later record with them for their Caravan CD, "Of all the gypsy guitar players and groups I have played with during my lifetime, the Rosenbergs are the best."
Reviewer: Scott Albin