Robin Nolan & Friends: Clair de Lune
Clair de Lune
Robin Nolan (guitar)
Organized Crime (Robin Nolan Music RNM3)
Recorded: Amsterdam, 2008
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Rare is the moment when the stars and planets align perfectly for musicians in the creative process, allowing authentic spontaneous combustion to occur. If we're extremely lucky, the moment is captured for posterity for all to enjoy. One such moment is a guitar duet by Robin Nolan and Jimmy Rosenberg playing Django Reinhardt's "Clair de Lune," recorded in real time simultaneously on both audio and video – the former released on Robin's latest album, Organized Crime, and the latter posted on YouTube.
Mere words do not do this track justice. Though the video is ample evidence of the spontaneity and raw energy, it's necessary to hear the CD to experience the rich timbre of the guitars and subtle interaction between these two players. And what interaction! Robin states the head with taste and economy before soaring high on his trademark bluesy, soul-baring solo work, modulating up a step for Jimmy's explosive, lightning-bolt improvisations. Returning to earth and the original key, Jimmy hands it back to Robin, who takes it out with a satisfying flourish. No bells and whistles, no retakes, no artificial sweetener – just plenty of heart and fire, caught live in a living room somewhere in the Netherlands.
As of this date, fewer than 14,000 people have viewed the video, although hopefully more have bought the CD. That would still leave over 5 billion on the planet who have yet to experience this extraordinary track. What's the matter with you people? Can't you tear yourselves away from the Pussycat Dolls for six lousy minutes to hear some real music?
Reviewer: Bill Barnes