Angelo Debarre Quartet - Live at Le Quecumbar London (3 stars)

Angelo Debarre Quartet - Live at Le Quecumbar London



French guitarist Angelo DeBarre is one of the artists appearing at the inaugural Fife Jazz Festival (see preview, page 79), and is no stranger to Scottish audiences. This set with his current band of UK-based musicians, guitarist Dave Kelbie, violinist Christian Garrick and bassist Andy Crowdy, opens quietly with a relaxed ballad, ‘Fantasie’, but the fireworks quickly kick in on ‘Django’s Tiger’ and continue to fizzle through the set.

In stylistic terms DeBarre’s gypsy roots and the Hot Club-influenced approach is familiar enough fare, but his facility and invention ensures that the energy levels remain high. Garrick shares solo duties with the guitarist in his usual impressive fashion, with Kelbie and Crowdy laying down a buoyant rhythmic carpet under the soloists. They turn up the heat on cuts like the venerable ‘Limehouse Blues’ and ‘Impromptu’, and reveal an equally adept touch with a sultry ballad on ‘Lentemente Mademoiselle’.

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