CD Hotlist: Charles du Plessis Trio, Baroqueswing Vol. II
Baroque music, particularly the music of J.S. Bach, has proved irresistible to jazz musicians for decades now.
I think it’s the combination of harmonic richness and rhythmic regularity: Bach’s countrapuntal lines are so much fun to play in straight rhythm that the temptation to makes those lines swing can just be kind of overpowering.
This South African jazz trio was invited to do just that as part of a festival of baroque music held in Ernen, Switzerland, and it’s heartwarming to imagine the audience reaction (which, on the evidence of this disc, was warm after some initial hesitation; they clearly weren’t quite sure at which points they should clap).
Du Plessis and his trio do an admirable job of balancing decorous respect for the baroque masters with a powerful sense of swing, and apart from one small misstep (an ill-advised boogie-woogie take on a Bach gigue) the album is an outstanding example of jazz-classical crossover.
Article's source: CD Hotlist, December 2016
Charl du Plessis Trio
Folk, popular & jazz
Georg Friedrich Händel
High-resolution audio - Studio master quality
Johann Sebastian Bach
Musica 5 étoiles
Releases 2015 - 2017
Sound engineer - Jean-Claude Gaberel
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