Victor Saumarez | Best of 2008-2011

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Best of 2008-2011

by Victor Saumarez

Acoustic guitar led swing jazz, with a European influence featuring accordion, harmonica, vocals, trumpet and piano.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Dark Eyes
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2. There Will Never be Another You
5:43 $0.99
3. Chez Fernand
4:47 $0.99
4. East of the Sun
3:58 $0.99
5. Avalon
2:12 $0.99
6. In a Mellow Tone
3:45 $0.99
7. Besame Mucho
5:38 $0.99
8. Have You Met Miss Jones
5:09 $0.99
9. Four On Six
2:19 $0.99
10. Sonnymoon for Two
7:04 $0.99
11. Oye Como Va
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Album Notes
Acoustic guitar led swing/mainstream jazz. Best of the last four albums, including tracks from Chunkin', Fretish, Djypsical, and Good Acoustics. Musicians playing include Louis Fanucchi Accordion, Kyle Newmaster Trumpet, Diane Hubka Vocals, Marcus Milius Harmonica, John Classick Upright Bass, Ruben Ramos Upright Bass, James Doyle Drums, Mathew Price Drums, Balint Sapszon Piano.

“...arrangements and solos definitely swing...a versatile and engaging performer...a talented and passionate player.” 2002

“...a very competent player.”
Just Jazz Guitar Magazine Nov 2002

“...fabulous acoustic guitar interpretations...”
Minor Seventh 2002

“...most effective music...that leaves an impression...” Cyprus Weekly Feb 2002

"...intricate guitar performances ...the songs come alive with fresh originality... fine guitar listening journey..." 2002

“... a formidable feel in producing melody, harmony, bass line and a backbeat...”
Minor Seventh, Nov 2002

“... a zestful piece of string-enhanced artwork...a must compliment to that collection.”
ejazznews, June 2005

"...energetic and humorous ...uninhibited enjoyable mix of moods and tempos."
I happened To Hear, June 2005

"...a dynamic performance by a master of the acoustic guitar excellent album."
Edward Blanco eJazzNews 2006

"...race horse tempos ...a mysterious yet compelling melodic venture."
John Gilbert eJazzNews 2006

"...a group of professional Los Angeles musicians ...well turned introductory passages and codas."
Jack Brown Djangology 2006



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Wine and cheese are not the only things that get better with age
This cd is a great medley of jazz classics that are well played by Victor who is backed by a group of great musicians - all of whom have the uncanny ability of tricking the mind in to believing that your really in the same room as them on many of the great tracks comprising this surprisingly good value cd. Two tracks really stand out for me:

(a) Avalon - where I was enthralled by the playing on this track where not a single note is wasted. (I’d die happy if I could play the guitar half as well Victor)

(b) Oye Come Va - where Victor plays in a style reminiscent of, if not playing tribute to, Carlos Santana and Pat Metheny. The piano playing of Balint Sapazon helps to brings this track to life and compliments Victor’s rendition of this classic number.

Karl-Heinz Pohl

's wonderful, 's marvelous
This is now the fouth CD that I have of Victor's, and each time I feel suprised with what great music he's coming up next. He's one of the best jazz guitar player I know - just listen to his solo on "Avalon": How can he move his fingers so fast? Just amazing! But it's not only that he's a vitruoso on the guitar, the swing, the timing and the musicality are all just great. For this recording he's got a great bunch of musicians together - there's a wonderful harmonica solo on Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two" by Marcus Milius. Summing it up: can't hear enough of it.

Joe S

This music straddles two worlds; the US and home of jazz, and gypsy jazz, a European hybrid jazz. Did Joe Pass ever play with Django? Had they occupied the same space, I'm sure they would have. Has there been any crossovers? Sure! Frank Vignola has the gypsy bug, and Bireli Lagrene plays bebop. But this CD is more like Martin Taylor's "Spirit of Django" recordings. A nod to both worlds but in an accessible and raw format.


Great Compilation
This album is a great reminder of how terrific of a guitar player Victor is. He has great technical skills, but just as important, if not more so, is his sense of melody and timing. His choice of notes and tempo results in a frest take on old classics. Great song choices on this album. The order of the songs makes this album flow smoothly from beginning to end. Keep up the great work!!