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Rene Thomas - Guitaristic (1954-1956)

16-01-2014, 20:47
Music | Jazz | Instrumental | Oldies

Rene Thomas - Guitaristic (1954-1956)

Artist: René Thomas
Title Of Album: Guitaristic
Year Of Release: Year: 1954-1956, release: 2007
Label: FiveFour
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Bebop
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 79:57
Total Size: 174,80 MB

2007 compilation from the European Jazz guitarist. René Thomas died before he was able to realize his potential but he is now regarded as one of the world's finest Jazz guitarists, right up there with Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery; even the great Django Reinhardt thought very highly of him. Features 22 performances with the Rene Thomas Modern Group, the Henri Renaud Sextet, Rene Thomas & His Orchestra and Rene Thomas & His Quintet.
Belgian guitarist René Thomas could be the missing link between Django Reinhardt and Grant Green. On this collection of small group sides from the mid-1950s he proves why he was so valued by his peers on both sides of the Atlantic. Although the music is deeply within the West Coast tradition, the fact that he would be recording in the far more heated circumstances of Sonny Rollins' company within a few short years is a testament to how adaptable he was. The passing of time has not been kind to this music however, and for much of this program the listener might hear only the sum total of many musicians' influences. Tenor saxophonist Andre Ross is a case in point on "All The Things You Are," where his debts to both Stan Getz and Jack Montrose are abundantly obvious. That point is even more applicable to "Imy," where a tenor sax and trombone front line seems intent on replicating the Getz groups that featured Bob Brookmeyer or J.J. Johnson. Thomas' rhythmic sense gets the better of things though, and the ears prick up whenever he hits his flow, especially as he doesn't bring to mind any player other than himself. That said, he doesn't match Charlie Parker's break on "Night In Tunisia," but then only those who live in expectation of miracles would hold that against him.
Thompson avoids the obvious on his reading of "Lover Man" in a way that few musicians on any instrument at the time did. His lyrical sense is whimsical without being either sentimental or mawkish. The result is something rare indeed, and just to prove that performance to be no fluke, he brings the same creativity to his rendering of "My Old Flame." It's as if he was strictly adhering to Lester Young's remark to the effect that no musician could really play a song without close knowledge of the lyrics.
This is one of those releases the importance of which is historical as well as musical, not least because it trumps the notion that European musicians were incapable of making jazz to such telling effect as their American counterparts. Both students of jazz guitar and historians are thus well served by this release despite the qualifications discussed above.
(Nick Jones, All About Jazz)


1. L'Imbecile
2. How About You?
3. All The Things You Are
4. Relaxin' At The Balcon
5. There Will Never Be Another You
6. Lover Man
7. Burt's Pad
8. Autobuzz
9. 'Tis Autumn
10. Indiana
11. Thomasia
12. Sextuis
13. Influence
14. Guitaristic
15. Imy
16. The Real Cat
17. Someone To Watch Over Me
18. Get Happy
19. A Night In Tunisia
20. My Old Flame
21. Easy To Love
22. Goodnight, Wherever You Are


Jean Louis Chautemps, Andrea Ross (tenor saxophone);
Buzz Gardner (trumpet);
Christian Kellens (trombone);
Henri Renaud, René Urtreger (piano);
Benoit Quersin (double bass);
Jean-Louis Viale, Jacques David (drums.

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