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Last Train to Hauteville [CD]

Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Guitar Label
  • ASIN: B0039TD7EK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Last Train to Hauteville 3:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rue de Dinan 5:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Le Jardin Anglais 4:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Double Scotch 3:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Mer 3:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Madame Haricot 3:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Roberta 3:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mirette 7:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Javanaise 5:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Le Touch 4:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J'Attendrai 4:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Monsieur Jacques 3:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Belle Dundee 4:420.69  Buy MP3 

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To mark the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt, one of the founders of European jazz, Martin Taylor has reformed his award winning group Spirit of Django for this album--Last Train to Hauteville.

If you can imagine the ideal soundtrack for driving through the scented country roads of France on a hot lazy summer’s day, then this would be the music of Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django. Taylor formed the group in 1994 to re-explore his own gypsy roots. Their first album reached No.1 in the UK jazz Charts with their version of Robert Palmer's "Johnny & Mary" becoming familiar across Europe as the theme for the successful 'Nicole-Papa' TV adverts for Renault Clio. They were voted Best Small Group and were top of the US Gavin Jazz Charts before Martin retired the group to work on his collaborations with Bill Wyman, Bryn Terfel & Jamie Cullum as well as his solo recordings.

A recent concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London marked the return of Spirit of Django in advance of this, their first album in over fourteen years. Spirit of Django includes fast-rising jazz singer Alison Burns, saxophonist Alan Barnes and maestro accordionist Jack Emblow.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 11 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
The playing is great. The material is cheesy, I suppose, from a jazzer's perspective; so if you like hard driving bebop or more modern stuff then I suppose you might not like it. Personally I think Martin's playing is fantastically tasteful and melodic, and on the whole I prefer his playing with a pick, as on this disc, to his brilliant solo fingerstyle stuff; he's one of the few guitarists around who doesn't always seem like he's got something to prove to everyone when he's taking a solo. Perhaps he's proved quite enough with his solo guitar albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This a great cd easy listening I had listened to some tracks on radio and thought I must have this cd. Its even better than I thought having heard only a few tracks before. Had some friends round and they listened to it and they said they must get this, so I have ordered one for them. Extremely good !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...a gypsy guitar peach... 9 April 2010
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It's now 100 years since the birth of Django Reinhardt, and that anniversary was more than enough reason for jazz guitarist Martin Taylor to reform his Spirit Of Django group to celebrate the great man.

Now, I could write everything I know about gypsy jazz on the head of an ultra small pin head, and still have room to transcribe Lord Of The Rings, but I do recognise talent when it comes out of my headphones. And this reeks of it. It's been 15 years since the last outing for Spirit Of Django, and it certainly sounds as though Mr Taylor is relishing the return, as he works his way through a serious of sparkling tunes.

Now, in case you were wondering what this all sounds like, here's a handy hint for you. Think back to the Nicole-Papa Telly adverts for the Renault Clio. Well, the tune that soundtracked it was Spirit Of Djangos version of the Robert Palmer tune 'Johnny & Mary'. So there. The band hit number one in the UK jazz charts before they shut up shop.

To be perfectly honest, there is something about the accordion that makes me flinch, but when I listen to the guitar playing on 'Le Jardin Anglais', I can almost set it to one side. The title track is an absolute delight, and one of the rare vocal outings, 'La Mer', is an absolute peach as Alison Burns almost makes you forget all about Bobby Darin. Not an album I would have went out and bought, but I'm mighty glad I heard it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical ebullience 8 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is to my mind one of the best purchases I have made over the past year or two. It is full of musical joi de vivre reflected my Martin Taylor's love of France and the music of Django.All but three compositions are Martin Taylor originals and there is a distinct Continental flavour with them. There is not a dud track on this album and all involved sounded as if they were really enjoying themselves which, these days, is so refreshing. No heavily celebral atmosphere here but one of joy and indeed the spirit of Django is hovering in the background.
My first aural contact with this album was through a nationally broadcast Jazz programme on the Australian ABC. The track was Double Scotch (#4) and I was hooked.
Do yourself a favour and have a listen to this and I know you will be transported to both the sunny climes of France and the spirit of Django.
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5.0 out of 5 stars smooth music 28 July 2010
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Went to see Martin Taylor at the Glasgow Jazz Festival this year and so enjoyed it, I bought this CD. Well worth the purchase and listened to regularly. Took it on holiday to France but as it is such an evocative collection, it can take you to La France without leaving your armchair.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summer Swing Francaise 6 July 2010
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This latest release from Martin Taylor sees the reforming of his spirit of Django group from some 15 years ago. Django would have turned a hundred this year and this album is a hommage to his music rather than a straight copy. Taylor has assembled a very good band including the legendary Jack Emblow on accordion and clarinetist Alan Barnes and this band really swings.
You feel like you should be driving through a warm and sunny France in a convertible listening to this album such is the spirit of the music.Its breezy feel owes a lot to Samba and Bossa Nova particually on tracks such as Mirette with some lovely abstract backgound vocals from Alison Burns.Other tracks such as "le Jardin Anglais" feature the wonderful Jack Emblow in a kind of accordion dance routine ,its wonderful.
Martin Taylor is one of the most talented musicians around, I have seen him 3 times in London over the last couple of years to pathetically small audiences; "Small but pertfectly formed" is his usual comment to the audience when he views the empty seats.
Spread the word this guys a major talent give him the acclaim he deserves and start by buying this album! its great fun!
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