DANIEL WELTLINGER

Samoreau (Rec­tify Records DMG.54.218179.2)

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This al­bum is of­ten so swollen with beauty it is like time-lapse pho­tog­ra­phy of tulips bloom­ing. The fi­nal in­stal­ment of Daniel Weltlinger’s tril­ogy pay­ing homage to Django Rein­hardt, it con­sists of Weltlinger’s own com­po­si­tions—from lilt­ing waltzes to surg­ing swing—played with a band in­clud­ing his long-term col­lab­o­ra­tor Lulo Rein­hardt (Django’s great-nephew) on gui­tar. Sev­eral tracks have no fewer than five acous­tic rhythm gui­tars cre­at­ing the sort of thrust usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with jet en­gines, and if that wasn’t go­ing to get Weltlinger’s vi­o­lin air­borne noth­ing would. Not that be­com­ing air­borne is a chal­lenge for the vi­o­lin­ist, whose plush tone has a built-in soar­ing qual­ity, whether he plays with scyth­ing ve­loc­ity or leaves notes hang­ing in the air with such poignancy that time it­self seems to stand still.

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