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Django Latino

Joe CravenAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000A7DW9E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Joe Craven was a longtime member of the David Grisman Quintet, which was how he happened to meet and perform with the great jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997) who, despite a long and illustrious solo career, was best-known for his brief but seminal collaboration with the legendary Manouche (French Roma, or Gypsy) guitarist, composer and bandleader Django Reinhardt (1910-1953). It takes guts to tamper with a legacy like the latter’s, but surprisingly, this unbelievably versatile American multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso -- if it has strings or can be beaten, rattled or shaken, he can play it -- pulls it off beyond all expectations. The premise of the album, re-imagining fourteen of the Maestro’s best-known tunes via an eclectic array of Latin traditions, could easily have been disastrous. But, neatly sidestepping the twin pitfalls of reverent over-caution and ego-fuelled self-indulgence, even while overdubbing himself and his admirable back-up team (another perilous proposition!) into a veritable tropical palm-court band, Craven succeeds in refracting the tunes through genuine-sounding Cuban charanga, Brazilian bossa nova and choro, Haitian ibo, Colombia cumbia, and Argentinean tango, plus many other grooves. Each tune emerges as its own microcosm, separate from all the others yet part of a logical seamless progression. --Christina Roden

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Craven's Django Latino=Fresh Django September 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Amidst the sudden blizzard of Django Reinhardt copy bands, Joe Craven's cd, Django Latino, is a fresh and sunny day.

With guitar heard on only 3 tracks and never aiming to sound like Django, Craven gives a new twist, sweet, vivid and deep, to 16 compositions by the great Gypsy guitarist. The recording gives all the tribute with none of the imitation.

Joe, shining bright on violin, mandolin and percussion, brings along several of his compadres from the David Grisman band and a choice selection of lively friends and fine players. Apt arrangements and a unique rhythmic approach, from cumbia to tango, expertly tailored to each tune, the album dances, graceful and hot, from start to finish.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most wonderful audio adventure January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I saw Joe Craven play at DjangoFest San Francisco in 2004. A truly wonderful musician who seems to be a master of any instrument he touches. On this CD he takes tunes written or made famous by Django, and interprets each in a different latin style. His choice for musicians is absolutely beyond reproach and they breath a whole new life into gypsy jazz standards. I think you'll enjoy this as a gypsy, jazz, or even a bluegrass fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOT HOT HOT January 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my favorite CD. Salsa meets gypsy jazz rocks. Each country gives a unique flavor I found myself wanting mucho mucho more. This is an excellent CD give it to people you love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm here to repurch the merch... February 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I scratched my first copy, so I'm here to order a replacement. Folks that would enjoy this work are ones that appreciate non-classical strings, Hot Club jazz, Latino and of course, Joe's regular fans. If you're curious about Latino styles, this would serve as a great primer. Joe covers Grapelli's violin work as well as many other instruments. Fusion at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, fun, playful, a delight September 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm in a Gypsy Jazz band myself, and I would never try this at home, but Joe does a completely delightful twist on all these fine Django chestnuts. I especially love Double Scotch/Artillerie Lourde - you have to listen to this, I can't describe it and do it justice. Players of this style of music know you can do a lot of these tunes with a latin flavor, but Joe Craven has the rhythmic mojo to take it all the way there. This is one of my favorite CDs of all time. I've lent it out 4 times, and got it back 3. I'll be buying another copy, but maybe I'll wait until Joe comes to town so I can put the money right in his hand where it belongs.
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