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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: #41,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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The clips appealed to me, so I bought the album.
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I am a big fan of the jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
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Highly recommended for lovers of almost any genre.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alex20850 on 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 By Robert Neumann on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tomh on February 25, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene R. Walker on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gibson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KOP ESF on December 14, 2008
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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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By Wally on December 3, 2010
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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. He also spent time as lead guitarist for Elton John. Not to mention the multitude of albums he has played guitar on including a grammy winning album from Peter Frampton. To say the least, he has a very impressive musical resume.

His performance in Dillon was going to put the spotlight on Gypsy Jazz. I got online and read rave reviews about the quintent. I wasn't that familiar with gypsy jazz and having never been much of a believer in reviews, I went to hear for myself.

Damn, the reveiws were right. The music and performance of quintent was phenomenal! Buy their music, see them when you can. You won't be disappointed.
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