DIDIER LOCKWOOD

All The Things You Are
(Kern/Hammerstein)
( 3'33, 1.63Mo)

Extrait de TRIBUTE TO STEPHANE GRAPPELLI (2000), avec: Didier LOCKWOOD (violin), Bireli LAGRENE (guitar) and Niels H. ORSTED PEDERSEN (doublebass).

Biographies:

Didier LOCKWOOD:

"b. 11 February 1956, Calais, France. Lockwood studied classical violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de Paris, but exposure to the blues of Johnny Winter and John Mayall persuaded him to cut short formal study in 1972 and form a jazz-rock group with his brother, Francis. A three-year stint with Magma followed, but Lockwood was more excited by the improvising of Jean-Luc Ponty, whom he heard on Frank Zappa 's 'King Kong'. He listened to other jazz violinists, particularly the Pole, Zbigniew Seifert and the veteran Stephane Grappelli. The latter quickly realised the talent in Lockwood and played with him whenever possible. During the late 70s Lockwood played and recorded with many major European and American artists including Tony Williams, Gordon Beck, John Etheridge, Daniel Humair and Michal Urbaniak. In 1981, Lockwood recorded Fusion, which typified the approach he followed throughout the 80s: a solid rock-based rhythm with plenty of soloing room for lightning improvisations on his 160-year-old violin. " (source http://music.yahoo.com/)

 

Bireli LAGRENE:

"b. 4 September 1966. Saverne, Alsace, France. The son of Fiso Lagrene, a popular guitarist in pre-war France, Lagrene displayed a prodigious talent as a very young child. Born into a gypsy community, his origins and his fleet, inventive playing style inevitably generated comparisons with Django Reinhardt. In 1978, he won a prize at a festival at Strasbourg and subsequently made a big impact during a televised gypsy festival. In his early teenage years Lagrene toured extensively playing concerts and festivals across Europe, often accompanied by distinguished jazz artists such as Benny Carter, Benny Goodman , Stephane Grappelli and Niels-Henning ěrsted Pedersen. He also made his first record Routes To Django, which helped to prove that early estimates of his capabilities were not excessive. An outstanding technician, Lagrene has revealed influences other than Reinhardt, happily incorporating bebop phraseology, rock rhythms and Brazilian music into his work. By the late 80s he had moved substantially from his early Reinhardt-style to fully embrace jazz-rock and other electronically-aided fusions, a shift which, while extending his popularity to a wider audience, tended to lower his standing among jazz purists. In mid-summer 1991, he was one of several leading guitarists featured at the International Guitar Festival in Seville, Spain." (source http://music.yahoo.com/)

 

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