DJANGO IN CAJUN COUNTRY
Last night I found myself deep in the heart
of Cajun Country, in Eunice, Louisiana.
At the Liberty, an old vaudeville
and movie theater so lovingly restored by the locals,
the charming and lovely Ann Savoy
(who recently joined Linda Ronstadt
on the GRAMMY-
nominated Vanguard CD "Adieu False Heart" and on Garrison Keillor's
"A Prairie Home
Companion" ) presided over her
relatively new band, "The Sleepless Knights," of which
my son Kevin is a member. The enthusiastic overflow audience, usually presented with
Cajun and Zydeco offerings,
heard something different this time, and LOVED IT! It was a
happy mixture of 1920's and 30's French and American jazz standards presented in
bubbly stylings by Ann and the group, shades of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli
with a smattering of Count Basie.
With Ann gently swaying to set the tone of each song,
she was soon joined by the warm toned guitarist Tom Mitchell
and the incredibly versatile
fiddler Kevin Wimmer,
who worked in tandem as if they enjoyed every moment of every
note they played. This Infectious collaboration ignited the rest of the band, the
talented Savoy sons and the rhythm section of the young band, "The Red Stick Ramblers.
What made it all work was the ease
and humor with which each song melded into the next.
Ann, responsible for the original mood, was soon followed by Tom Mitchell's
fancy and his Loudon Wainright-like vocal descents into a hollow low register, then
capped by Kevin Wimmer's totally
relaxed and seemingly effortless fiddle improvisations.
Tom and Kevin were responsible for some most felicitous arrangements. I can't wait
hear the upcoming CD of Ann Savoy & The Sleepless Knights on Memphis International
Records, which has been recorded and awaits final production.
P.S. I am "borrowing" my son, Kevin Wimmer,
for my March 24 concert event at New
York's Thalia Theater,
where he will join me again in some Cajun duets with cello.
Not to be outdone, my wife, violinist extraordinaire Shirley Givens,will
Cajun "fiddlesticks" number with Kevin on the same program.
But first I must return to New York for Thanksgiving, with a tur-duck-en
on my knee,
packed in dry ice . . . . . .
POSTED NOVEMBER 16, 2006
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