Still following the trail of gyspy jazz guitarists that I have not yet heard I came across Romane, doubtless a well-known musician in France but very few people have heard of him in the UK. I discovered him because he persuaded Tchavolo Schmitt to record his solo CD Alors Voila and played rhythm guitar on it. I have mentioned before their excellent duet which is included as a bonus video clip. I have since bought a few Romane CDs and have been listening to his French Guitar a lot recently.
This CD features an all acoustic line-up with two rhythm guitars, double bass, Romane and a superb young pianist/violinist – Christophe Cravero. What is interesting is the variety of music that can be played with such a band – there is everything from fast bebop heads through to slow ballads and, more surprisingly, funk tunes with the backing guitars playing pitchless rhythms imitating snare drums. It all works very well despite its electicism and many of the tunes are Romane originals.