What if Django Reinhardt had lived on into the sixties and seventies - would he have become involved with Rock music himself? Or would he, like he did in the thirties and forties, have taken the famous songs of the day and turned them into his trademark Gypsy Swing - Europe’s biggest contribution to jazz to date?
Just imagine Django sitting in with the Allman Brothers, Deep Purple, Average White Band, Fleetwood Mac, Stones and Kinks. Picture him swapping solos with Rod Argent, Hank Marvin, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Joe Satriani, most of whom have been inspired by Reinhardt’s guitar genius …
It never happened. Django died in 1953. His music, however, lives on. Paulus and I have tried to interpret Rock the way Django and Stéphane would have. Hope you like it.
Violinist Tim Kliphuis "the heir to Stéphane Grappelli's crown" has worked extensively with gypsy guitar legends Fapy Lafertin, Angelo Debarre and Stochelo Rosenberg, as well as pursuing a succesful solo career mixing jazz, classical and folk.
Gypsy guitarist Paulus Schäfer is the next big thing in Gypsy Jazz. His trademark sound, fusing the traditional and the modern, is easily recognizable. He is in demand in Europe and America.
In "Rock Django", Tim and Paulus have come up with an innovative and fresh approach, combining gypsy jazz and classic guitar rock.