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WORLD MUSIC REPORT 20.01.2018
‘Live’ in Foix – Tcha Limberger Trio
Although this album finds Mr. Limberger primarily on violin which he plays with enormous skill, supplying the requisite emotional density and his playing is fluid and beautifully controlled and exemplary throughout, he does sing on two tracks, scatting (“I Surrender Dear”) and singing expressivo wordlessly executing a succession of breathtaking passaggio phrases on “Someday You’ll Be Sorry”, while executing diabolical double, triple and quadruple stops on “Flamingo”. The album showcases the water-colours of Django Reinhardt’s “Clair De Lune” and a memorable version of Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love”.
Mozes Rosenberg’s appearance on this recording adds enormous heft to the music and the guitarist plays with great virtuosity and character. His articulation is pure and in his extraordinary use of dynamics the absent characters in the music’s narratives live and breathe as if they suddenly appeared in front of you. Among the absolute high points on the disc is the bridge on “Avalon” where Mr. Limberger and the guitarist combine in a series of Paganini-like inversions.
The core of this group also includes Mr. Limberger’s life-long musical partners – Dave Kelbie, a rhythm guitarist of such astonishing power and skill, and so flawless a sense of time that he obviates, as always, the need of a drummer. The other musical cohort is Sébastien Giradot, a supremely lyrical contrabassist who also adds light and shade to the music as a painter daubs a canvas with colour. Together, the four musicians succeed in making this an album to die for.
Track list – 1: My Blue Heaven; 2: Avalon; 3: Pour Que Ma Vie Demeure; 4: I Surrender Dear; 5: Moonglow; 6: Topsy; 7: Flamingo; 8: Someday You’ll Be Sorry; 9: Some of These Days; 10: Clair De Lune; 11: What Is This Thing Called Love
Personnel – Tcha Limberger: violin and vocals; Mozes Rosenberg: guitar; Dave Kelbie: rhythm guitar; Sébastien Giradot: contrabass
Released – 2017
Label – lejazzetal Records
Runtime – 1:01:22
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L’ALSACE FRANCE 20.02.2018
Tcha Limberger est béni des dieux
Il y a d’abord un violoniste d’une technique sidérante, d’une sensibilité au swing qui l’inscrit dans le sillage d’un Stéphane Grappelli. Fils et petit-fils de musiciens manouches, le Belge Tcha Limberger est béni des dieux, touche également à la guitare et chante plus que correctement. Mais c’est bien sûr le violoniste, à la tête d’un trio constitué du guitariste Dave Kelbie et du contrebassiste Sébastien Girardot, qui retient l’attention. Une « machine » efficace au service du swing manouche, teinté d’une tradition du jazz classique. Un plaisir du jeu qu’un enregistrement live, assuré au festival de jazz de Foix, en 2015, restitue avec un invité de marque : le guitariste Mozes Rosenberg. Une session rythmique d’enfer sur laquelle des solistes prennent leurs envols et dialoguent avec cette sidérante technique qui sait s’oublier pour parvenir à une totale élégance du jeu. L’esprit du grand Django préservé par de dignes héritiers.
A hot night of Gypsy Jazz in the French Pyrenees
Tcha Limberger is a super-skilled and versatile violinist, who plays in a number of different genres. Sometimes it’s Transylvanian folk, sometimes it’s Budapest restaurant repertoire, sometimes it’s Django Reinhardt-style swing – all styles closely associated with Gypsy musicians. It’s Gypsy swing that’s the focus here; the tradition Limberger was born into in Belgium. For this live concert in the French Pyrenean town of Foix, he is joined by Dutch Gypsy guitarist Mozes Rosenberg, also born into a Sinti family steeped in this music. This concert was apparently the first time Limberger and Rosenberg had played together, but you would never guess – everything is confident and coordinated and Limberger gives him plenty of room to shine. Rosenberg really is a superb guitarist, with super-fast virtuoso melodies and feathery ornamentations, demonstrating real panache on ‘Some of These Days’. Limberger adds occasional vocals and his scat singing in ‘I Surrender Dear’ is less of a highlight. There are only two Django Reinhardt numbers, one of which is the delicate and little-known ‘Pour Que Ma Vie Demeure’. Tracks by Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and more are given the same Gypsy swing treatment.
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