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You Ain't Never

Andy Aitchison

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Andy Aitchison - You Ain't Never featuring Andy Aitchison - violin Jeff Green - semi-acoustic guitar Dave Kelbie - acoustic guitar Paul Moylan - doublebass For many years the violin in jazz was associated in the public mind almost exclusively with Stphane Grappelli, the masterful musical partner of guitarist Django Reinhardt in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Such was his world-wide popularity after the re-launch of his career in the 1970s that few other names ever rose far above the surface. That situation has changed over the past two decades partly because of the increasing interest in the many fine gypsy jazz groups to be heard in Europe, often featuring brilliant violinists. One of the finest of these is Andy Aitchison. Inspired by hearing a Hot Club recording in his early teens, Andy was just 14 when he started playing violin in the cafes of his home town, the historic naval city on the south coast of England. After moving to London in the 1980s, he joined The Kimbara Brothers and toured all over the UK for several years. He also began to perform with established jazz artists such as guitarist John Etheridge and vocalist Tina May. Through Dave Kelbie, the rhythm guitarist on this CD, Andy met and played with two leading European gypsy jazz guitarists, Fapy Lafertin and Angelo Debarre, and with the Balkan music group Szapora. He still performs from time to time with The Morellos, a violin-guitar-double bass trio that he formed in the 1990s. In recent years he has performed extensively with the gypsy jazz guitar master Lollo Meier in the UK and Europe and has found demand for his talents in Italy where he has appeared with guitarist Jacopo Martini and multi-instrumentalist Attilio Troiano. The album title You Ain't Never is also the title of the opening track, a medium-tempo minor key swinger written by the leader. Bassist Paul Moylan takes the first solo over minor blues chord changes, gradually building from straight walking lines to more complex rhythmic figures before passing the baton to Jeff Green. His guitar enters with a relaxed four-note phrase, worthy of Charlie Christian, leading to a series of pleasing melodic lines that gradually step up the pressure. Aitchison begins his violin solo with two choruses of gentle probing around the minor blues form before digging in hard and deep with some robust double-stop riffs that propel the number to an upbeat conclusion. The sultry, yearning quality of the ballad Willow Weep for Me has made it a timeless favourite among jazz artists with many classic recordings from Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to Cannonball Adderley and Wes Montgomery. Ann Ronell wrote it's music and lyrics in 1932 while she was dating George Gershwin. The harmonies of it's opening two bars are the same as those of a classic 12-bar blues while it's bridge section features a series of four descending chords with a dramatic Spanish feel. Andy Aitchison started his musical career as a guitarist with a particular interest in blues before devoting his attention to jazz on the violin and this early influence shines through in his soulful statement of the melody - economical and expressive. After a brief bluesy guitar-and-violin interlude, Jeff Green takes up the narrative with strong, confident guitar lines and with a brief respectful nod to Wes Montgomery along the way. A delightful mid-tempo Six Appeal transports us back to June 1940 and the classic recording by the Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian. Aitchison and Green play those two roles with consummate ease, enjoying some musical banter as they alternate choruses towards the end. Andy Aitchison's double-stops on the melody and the medium slow tempo brings an unusual poignancy and forgotten depth to Duke Ellington's Just Squeeze Me, a song that more commonly gets a bright treatment. Other highlights include Sidney Bechet's seldom-heard Blues In The Air, Aitchison's finely nuanced statement of the melody on Night and Day, with every note receiving his full expressive attention; Paul Moylan's arco bass together with Dave Kelbie

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  • 01. You Ain't Never
  • 02. Willow Weep for Me
  • 03. Six Appeal
  • 04. Just Squeeze Me
  • 05. Blues in the Air
  • 06. Night and Day
  • 07. Stars Fell on Alabama
  • 08. This Can't Be Love
  • 09. I Can't Get Started
  • 10. It's Only a Paper Moon

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