Big Bear Records
Like many youngsters Remi was in a rock band during and after leaving school. His father was a guitarist and Remi grew up to the sounds of Led Zeppelin, Clapton and Hendrix but his grandfather introduced him to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Parker. The rock band did well enough but Remi became increasingly more interested in exploring the finer elements of gypsy jazz so now plays in a trio of two guitars and upright bass. This is true jazz yet it has a delightfully refreshing approach that brings a smile to the face while the ears are amazed at what they are receiving. It definitely has rock influences too, like the opening to Joseph Joseph which borrows a bit from Hendrix before slipping comfortably back into swing jazz - there’s a great version of Lady Madonna too. The standard of playing is stunning but for a taster try Reinhardt’s Montagne SainteGenevieve which should get your creative juices flowing.