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Friday, May 28, 2021

Album review: Fapy Lafertin New Quartet - Atlântico

Fapy Lafertin (guitar/guitarra Portuguaise); Alexandre Tripodi (violin); Cédric Raymond (bass); Renaud Dardenne (guitar).

I first heard Lafertin at the Breda Oude Stijl Jazz Festival back in 1981 where he was playing with Waso, a Belgium gypsy hot club ensemble. I was knocked out! Although I knew the music from the Django/Grappelli records this was the first time I'd witnessed that style live and I've been a fan ever since.

The music here isn't pure hot club but it's still 100% Romany and surely a delight for anyone who plays or loves the distinctive sound of a Macca or even the rarely heard (in jazz circles) 12 string Portuguese guitarra. However, for those who, like myself  go for the swingers, there's plenty of that here too with Tripodi in fine Stephanic form and the leader proving he hasn't lost any of his dexterity since those heady Breda days of 40 years ago.

Although recorded in 2017, there is a sort of pre-war feeling of decadence about it that, far from detracting, adds to the charm of a once bygone era that somehow, given the number of bands mining a similar vein today, still sounds totally relevant. Lance.

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