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Franco-American Swing


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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: May 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pharaoh Records
  • ASIN: B00023XGZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. F.A Swing
2. Mirror in Blue
3. Man of Mystery
4. Snowflake Waltz
5. In Memory of Danny Gatton
6. J'Attendrai
7. Valse de Samois
8. Smoldering Ashes
9. Swing Junction
10. Waltz for Mary
11. Cher Jaqueline
12. Crimson Waltz
13. F.A. Swing Alt.
14. Blue Drag
15. Minor Swing

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Chris Hillman describes Jorgenson as "the best musician I have ever worked with." -- johnjorgenson.com

In the words of Elton John, John Jorgenson's guitar work is "brilliant, f***ing brilliant!" -- johnjorgenson.com

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Franco-American Swing is a true musical magnum opus created by John Jorgenson, one of the top musicians in the world. John is not as artist to be pigeonholed as just a brilliant guitarist, a Hellecaster, a rocker, or one of the most requested and highly.Pharoah Records.2006

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Stunning music, full of life and humor, fizz and ginger.
Riverman
The music weaves complex melody lines around a wonderful base of swing rhythms and chord progressions, with some dazzling guitar work and equally wonderful clarinet.
John Lyons
In it's day, the gypsy jazz music of Djanjo Rheinhardt was unique, pushing the boundaries of current musical idioms and today, it retains much of the same feeling.
James N. Perdue

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
John Jorgenson is not just a jack of all trades- he's a master, too. I knew him first as a member of the "Hellcasters" C&W instrumental trio, but he's every bit as good- or better- playing the jazz manouche music of Django Reinhardt. Turns out (according to an interview in Guitar Player) that his fascination with Django's music goes back decades, long before his involvment with the Hellcasters or Elton John or any of the other pop names he's played with.

And this love of Django and the Gypsies has translated into a feel for the music that few non-Gypsies can approach. Combine that with Jorgenson's astounding technique, and you think you're listening to one of the great old timers. If that wasn't enough, he's added a number of new tunes to the repetoir that capture the essence of the manouche style.

A must have for fans of the genre, and for Jorgenson fans, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James B. Cowan on May 25, 2004
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Franco-American Swing is a true musical magnum opus created by John Jorgenson, one of the top musicians in the world. John is not an artist to be pigeon-holed as just a brilliant guitarist, a Hellecaster, a rocker, or one of the most requested and highly demanded hired guns in Nashville today. Although he fits in with all of the above, there is more...much more!
This time around John reveals to us the musical style that holds the dearest part of his harmonious spirit. Franco-American Swing is not just an extraordinary nod to the legendary Django Reinhardt. Franco-American Swing is an authentic and original work of art that triumphantly transports the genre of Gypsy Jazz into the 21st century.
John's amazing performances on guitar, clarinet and sax are aptly accompanied by some world-class players who help create the many moods that are gleeful, care-free, nostalgic, haunting and sometimes mournful.
Musical trends come and go. Franco-American Swing is a true musical masterpiece that will endure in countless hearts and minds for many years to come.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Lyons on May 5, 2005
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Whoah, who IS this guy? I have a rule that you should listen to an album at least 3-4 times before forming an initial judgement. Well, I've got to break that one, this is a minor masterpiece. A friend lent this to me on speculation, I know nothing about the genre, but this will definitely be my next purchase.

The liner notes label one cut "Gypsy Jazz", which a as good a summary of the album as any. The Swing part of the title suggests up tempo vibrant melodies and they sure are! Even the slow numbers seem full of life. The music weaves complex melody lines around a wonderful base of swing rhythms and chord progressions, with some dazzling guitar work and equally wonderful clarinet. And there's more, but you should see for yourself.

This is a must-have if you fit any of the following (please check one):

- You are a guitar or clarinet player.

- You are interested in discovering new music.

- You have any interest in the swing style.

This is a rare find! This kind of unexpected discovery really makes my day!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin on June 20, 2004
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I bought this album at DjangoFest San Francisco, immediately after the John Jorgenson Quintet performed it's stunning Saturday evening set. I will never forget the set as it was THE BEST live performance I have ever experienced, and I've been to quite a few shows.
The album Franco American Swing is an absolutely fantastic mix of intense gypsy jazz songs like "F.A. Swing", "Swing Junction, and "J'Attendrai", beautiful waltzes like "Valse de Samois" and "Snowflake Waltz", and fantastic recreations of "Blue Drag" and "Minor Swing" of which even Django could be proud.
The title track in particular "F.A. Swing" grabs you and won't let go. You'll have the song playing over and over in your head even after you're done listening to the CD. And this is the kind of music you want lingering in your consciousness, as everyone around you will notice your perpetual smile!
Buy this album and enjoy! You won't regret it! I give it my absolute highest recommendation!!
-- Justin Cheung
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward Doyle Jr. on October 22, 2004
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John Jorgenson's "Franco-American Swing" is a must-have CD for guitarists and also for anyone interested in Django-style music. His stellar playing and lyricism are in evidence on every track as is his tasteful compositional skill. ( I can't stop humming "Cher Jaqueline" - Track 11 - - among others). Equally impressive is John's multi-instrumental talent. A mere "five star" rating is really an injustice to this wonderfalu album and talented, multi-faceted musician.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Crick on August 3, 2004
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An excellent, brilliant, outstanding recording. John Jorgenson has played many types of music , but gypsy jazz or swing is by far my preference for him to play.....such a tight band...excellent arrangement of all these classics....I really feel that Django Reinhardt is smiling when this recording is played. If you live in the Nashville, TN. area, you owe it to yourself to visit the Station Inn and see him play with the 'Hot Club of Nashville'. These guys are a group of Nashville area musicians who just cook when it comes to Django-style jazz/swing. John Jorgenson will knock your socks off in addition to Richard Smith, Stuart Duncan, Charlie Chadwick, and Pat Bergeson. These guys play about once every 5 to 6 weeks, and what a treat they are. You won't be sorry you went to see them. Not only are they at the top of their game in this style of music, you can feel their excitement and love of this music. Another recording you must have is 'Gypsy Swing-the Nashville Tribute to Django Reinhardt'. Jorgenson does not play on this album, but all the others do, and it is excellent!
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