Album release: The Django Experiment V
ALBUM RELEASE: THE DJANGO EXPERIMENT V AT JOE'S PUB (NYC): GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
Stephane will release The Django Experiment V on his own Water is Life Records on January 23, 2020, which marks the 109th anniversary of the birth of Reinhardt, who is widely considered one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.
As with the previous “experiments,” The Django Experiment V was recorded and mastered by Eric Ritter at The Windmill Recording Studio in Scranton, Pa., with Wrembel and his world-class band performing live, with no headphones or tracking, in a setting conducive to improvisation with each musician pushing their own boundaries to evoke new interpretations of Reinhardt’s music as well as songs by other jazz and gypsy jazz composers.
Wrembel’s band includes long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass), Nick Anderson (drums), and special guest Nick Driscoll on saxophone and clarinet. For Volume V, Wrembel brought in the burgeoning young violinist, Daisy Castro, who brings a bit of whimsy to the mix.
Wrembel feels this is his strongest “experiment” thus far. He comments, “First of all, it comes after the release of Django L’Impressionniste that I recorded after months of memorization and practice. Then, besides the usual crew, I invited Daisy Castro, one of the greatest violinists of our time, who is specialized in all improvised music, to join in on the fun. The album starts with the Impressionist touch…Django’s ‘Improvisation #1’ and ‘Nympheas’…and travels through the sounds of a more classic Django swing vibe to end up in an invocation of New York City’s voodoo spirit with the apocalyptic version of Ellington’s ‘Caravan.’ For me, these experiments are a never-ending journey.”