Stephane Wrembel: Eternal Cycle 2: A Child's Dream


Eternal Cycle 2: A Child's Dream


Stephane Wrembel (guitar)


Terre Des Hommes (Water Is Life Records)

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Stephane Wrembel (guitar),

Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Julien Augier (drums)


Composed by Stephane Wrembel


Recorded: Union City, NJ, 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Growing up near the final resting place of Django Reinhardt could be both a blessing and a curse for any aspiring young guitarist attempting to walk in his celebrated footsteps; few have been up to the challenge. But Stephane Wrembel has proven to be one artist who could not only tread in Django's footsteps with remarkable fidelity, but cut a fresh new path for Gypsy jazz guitar as well. Born in Paris and raised in Fountainbleu, Wrembel studied with Sinti guitar master Angelo DeBarre, among others, and mastered the Django technique fairly early. While few contemporary guitar players sound stronger or more convincing in the jazz Manouche style, Stephane Wrembel has taken this legacy in a new direction with his Brooklyn- based trio. While remaining faithful to the dynamics of the Selmer-style acoustic guitar favored by the Romani guitar legend, he has revamped the format to include drums and other percussion instruments even a washboard, on occasion.

"A Child's Dream" could almost be pigeonholed as a traditional-style Gypsy jazz valse; but Wrembel's improvisation reflects influences from Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and the Middle East, resulting in a fresh, world beat sound. Without words the gifted 34-year-old guitarist draws from his Buddhist-Taoist philosophy to convey his concern for the stewardship of this planet. Part of a common theme throughout the album, the subliminal message of peace and global unity speaks gently through this music with the clarity of still water and, as they say, still waters run deep.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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  • 1 Pete Doll // Apr 21, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    This CD is such a pleasure to listen to.At first it seemed a bit too polished given his playing style live,but it has really grown on me.It works even better live as well.Wrembel is a true talent and a New York treasure.We are lucky to have him here.