DANIEL WELTLINGER - SAMOREAU - RELEASED MARCH 2017
'This album is often so swollen with
beauty it is like time-lapse photography of tulips blooming. The final
instalment of Daniel Weltlinger's trilogy paying homage to Django
Reinhardt, it consists of Weltlinger's own compositions – from lilting
waltzes to surging swing – played with a band including his long-term
collaborator Lulo Reinhardt (Django's great-nephew) on guitar. Several
tracks have no fewer than five acoustic rhythm guitars (played by Lulo
and his nephews, underpinned by Harold Becher's bass) creating the sort
of thrust usually associated with jet engines, and if that wasn't going
to get Weltlinger's violin airborne, nothing would. Not that becoming
airborne is a challenge for the violinist, whose plush tone has a
built-in soaring quality, whether he plays with scything velocity or
leaves notes hanging in the air with such poignancy that time itself
seems to stand still. Among the thick undergrowth of guitars, Lulo's
solos always have a particular sparkle that separates him from the
plethora of Gypsy swing guitarists beholden to his great-uncle.'
John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald, March 24, 2017.
Daniel Weltlinger - violin (tracks 1-11)
Lulo Reinhardt - rhythm guitar (tracks 2-10) solo guitar (tracks 2,
5, 7, 10)
Christiano Gitano – rhythm guitar (tracks 2-10) solo guitar (tracks
3, 6-7, 10)
Taylor Paucken – rhythm guitar (tracks 3-4, 7, 9-10) solo guitar (tracks
3-4, 7, 9-10)
Jermaine Reinhardt – rhythm guitar (tracks 3-4, 7-8, 10) solo guitar
(tracks 3-4, 7-8, 10)
Romano Reinhardt – rhythm guitar (tracks 3-4, 7, 10)
Harald Becher – bass (tracks 2-10)
Winfried Schuld - accordion (tracks 2, 9) piano (8)
3 Les Enfants des
4 The Family
5 La Femme Sophistiquée
9 3am Melun
Every single human being that has ever been will at some point of
time be alone. That feeling of being by oneself, amidst a sea of
sound and confusion, drifting somewhere somehow, unsure where to go
or where to next turn, gently accepting fate’s uncanny ability to
save the day.
The lazy, winding river. Banks strewn with long carelessly
disregarded long grass stems and the smell of damp within the flower
beds and green grass. Birds sing and time stands still.
Les Enfants des Django
Time warriors from far off distant lands turned wandering minstrels.
Gatekeepers of ancient traditions, full of life, sorrow and joy,
taking nothing for granted save for the passion of the moment.
Annual gathering together of the most wonderful larger than life
characters imaginable. Joyous and boisterous, quarrelsome, sweet,
loving and inquisitive.
La Femme Sophistiquée
Sensuality and heartbeak make strange but familiar bedfellows.
Conflicting hopes and dreams yet love never dies even long into the
Death is. It comes in one fell swoop and is wholly indifferent to
time or lofty grand schemes by we mere mortals. See you again one
day old friend.
Wildwest cowboy guitar slinging shoot ‘em up heaven. Dirt, straw
mats and stalls in a noisy display of upmanship juxtaposed by the
heaving barges along the river banks and the blanket of leaves from
the wise old trees.
Dark green shadows lilting on top of the murky water amongst the
gurgling nightlife. Distant lights reflecting off the calm midnight
sky amidst a sea of endless stars.
Helpless hapless bewilderment and a voyage home gone wrong. Systemic
indifference leading to abandonment in the middle of nowhere one
whole unearthly long cold night well into the dawn.
They’re always there. They’re watching you. And they know.
Placidly sitting in the grass in a corner against the long garden
hedge. Sun shining bright and kind, birds chirping in the light
breeze. Tranquility, calm and light save the day.
All songs are
the original compositions of Daniel Weltlinger © 2016. Daniel
Weltlinger benefits from the support of BNP Paribas for the
development of his projects and would like to thank BNP Paribas
Australia and the BNP Paribas Foundation for their kind generosity
in funding this recording project. This recording is dedicated to
the legions of fans of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) which includes
my many friends from the Reinhardt family, to the remarkable natural
landscape of Samois-sur-Seine and to our beautiful planet which
humanity must learn to better preserve and look after – it is more
precious than we can imagine. It is a prayer for our world.