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Ultraspontane

John JorgensonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pharoah Records/J2 Records
  • ASIN: B000S6LTNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Leader John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band, is a guitarist's guitarist. Artists ranging from Barbara Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out his work. It has been 3 years since the release of Jorgenson's first Gypsy Jazz tribute, ""Franco-American Swing"", but fans can now discover that the wait has been worth it for ""Ultraspontane"", a 12-track collection of pure musical artistry in the same tradition. As proven in the last release, John and company do not merely recreate the hot jazz that blazed through Europe in the 1920s and 30s. The JJQ have expanded upon this extraordinary musical genre to keep it modern and marvelous.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swingin' set of latter-day gypsy jazz August 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
American pop/country guitarist John Jorgenson has a long and abiding love for the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt and Serane Ferrat... Here he indulges that passion in a lively acoustic set featuring a strong instrumental quintet and even a guest appearance by Beryl Davis, a grand dame of the British big band era who once worked with violinist Stephane Grappelli. All the songs are Jorgenson originals, and they match the playful, dynamic glory of the classic gypsy jazz of the 1930s... A nice surprise! If you like the style, this is definitely worth checking out. (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing on so many levels and in so many rhythms January 31, 2008
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I am a big fan of the jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. To hear something new, different and so lively while keeping within their genre with the same kind of artistry and brilliance is a real treat. This one is a keeper.
I told my wife about it last week, but she forgot the name. Later, she heard the interview of NPR with John and she made a note to tell me about "this great music." For the interview, see [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Django's Back!!! January 17, 2008
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John Jorgensen is one of the great hot jazz guitar players of our era. His group harkens back to Le Jazz Hot and Django Reinhart's playing in Paris in the 40's. Check out his first album of hot jazz guitar (Franco-American Swing). You'll love it, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My First (but not last) John Jorgenson miracle February 25, 2008
By tomh
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard John Jorgenson interviewed on NPR a few weeks back. The clips appealed to me, so I bought the album. Wow -- I just can't stop listening to it. Loud!

If you like Gipsy Kings (I do), you'll probably also like this, but it's really quite different in a number of ways. For one, it's not so clearly and uniformly gypsy music -- there are certainly a lot of references, and many strong, driving rhythms and phrases that make it clear that the roots here are strong. But then, a piece called Lucky Sevens comes in with a pretty amazing clarinet lead that would make Benny Goodman proud. And several other pieces that reminded me more of Bela Fleck's bluegrass stuff. And while clearly not improvised, this music seems as untethered and liberated to go in whatever direction is right as Keith Jarret.

In short, this album has quickly ascended to a place in my library that is reserved for a few true heroes of modern music. Plus, it's just a blast, and great for parties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Concert and Great CD January 15, 2009
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I live in Ketchikan, AK, population about 8,000 with maybe 14,000 on the entire island. The John Jorgenson Quintet recently toured through here, giving a concert in Kayhi Auditorium, about 600 seats. This intimate setting, with great acoustics, made for a fantastic performance. At the end, they shut off the electronics, gathered at the front of the stage, and called for the audience to crowd forward--giving a delightful all-acoustic encore. What a treat!

About half of the performance was from the Ultraspontane album, which I immediately sought out. Score two! Every number on it is great. My favorite gems were "El Camino de Che," "Swingapore," "Lucky Sevens" (Jorgenson on clarinet for this one), "Bossa Orpheum," "Ghost Dance" (devilishly fast-paced), and "La Journee des Tziganes" (The Day of the Gypsies).

These all are in the idiom of Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grapelli, enlivened with a variety of influences from oriental to Latin American. This gives freshness to every selection. Highly recommended for lovers of almost any genre. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Genius March 7, 2009
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Two weeks ago I sat in one of the most enthralling live musical performances in all my years and I've been to many. John Jorgenson and his quintet played in St Andrews, Scotland and we were royally entertained with original compositions, a few of the classics, masterful musicianship and a swinging virtuouso performance. The sound was so authentic, you'd swear it was Paris in 1939 and Django was on stage. I bought both Franco American Swing and his latest CD Ultrasponte. Both are beautifully recorded and display the full creative genius of this wonderful musician on both guitar and clarinet, and his truly excellent quintet. It doesn't get any better than this...you need to own both CD's if you are fan of the QHC or swing, or great guitar.
Ultraspontane is an amazing album which showcases John's complete mastery of a broad set of rythyms and styles in all original material from affectionate tributes to the QHC as well as exciting written by John. Great vocal by Bery Davis, on Don't Worry About Me. Favorites, Bossa Orpheum, El Camino Del Che, Lucky Sevens.
The DVD in Italy is wonderful as well...the best Jazz DVD Ive seen period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Guitar Work December 14, 2008
By KOP ESF
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album of great guitar playing in the Django mold. Jorgenson blazes on some of the tracks, his tremendous skill level on full display. If you like Gypsy Jazz, or just appreciate great guitar playing and musicianship, then by all means, buy this album, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the bar April 6, 2014
By EKM
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Likes: If the devil went down to Georgia, he wouldn't even make it through the first round of competition against the John Jorgenson Quintet. I don't remember how I heard about this album, but I am sure glad I did.

I'm a fan of guitar playing, but not a guitar player, it's beyond me how John Jorgenson and his quintet fly so fast on the strings. For those who love classical guitar, this album is what guitarists in the 17th century must have dreamed of. Since purchasing in early 2008, I've taken full advantage of our 21st-century good fortune by listening to this album often. It is always enjoyable.

Note: Everyone seems to like the music. When it's playing in the background at parties, people recognize the artistry and ask.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars John Jorgenson Music
I've seen & heard John at Guitar Town Music Fest for last 5 years. i have a Blue Ray disc of him accompanying Elton john. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John W. Seckinger
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
was a gift.
Didn't get to hear it. But saw them in concert and loved them. They were good. Thanks
Published 15 months ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 Stars for sure
Just listened as a friend recomemded it on spotify. Wow, incredible stuff. These guys are more than talented, they got more than soul, they GOT IT. Great combination of tunes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gerardo Martinez Casas
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm enjoying this.
I'm a frustrated guitarist so listening to Jorgenson makes me wish I could play like this. The arrangements make me smile when I listen though so I'm happy.
Published 22 months ago by Bill W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I was introduced to Jorgensen when he was a member of the Desert Rose Band. Then, listened while he was a member of the Hellcasters. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Wally
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy tunes
I heard Mr. Jorgenson recently at the Sheldon auditorium in St. Louis. It was a wonderful concert by him and his band and I am not dissapointed with this CD. Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by James Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultraspontane
Music at its best. If you like Guitar you will love this. It is very hard not to feel the music.
Published on September 16, 2008 by Anthony Wilfred Dupuis
4.0 out of 5 stars great gypsy jazz
if you ever want to hear some great guitar then go straight for jorgenson. but with this album its not just his playing thats amazing, its the music as well. Read more
Published on March 10, 2008 by Ben W. Wright
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