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.