«Beets Meets Rosenberg – Django Tribute»
There is true musical chemistry between these four artists, two leading figures from the world of gypsy jazz and two internationally recognized giants of mainstream jazz. The music on this album is the result of a fantastic encounter and amalgamation of two worlds, both characterized by improvisation, interaction, musical dedication, true feeling and pure joy! As one of the most sought-after jazz artists of our time, Peter Beets has attracted a devoted international audience, performing regularly at major jazz festivals and venues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. He has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Gypsy jazz guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg (born 19 February 1968 in Helmond, Netherlands) is the lead guitarist of the Rosenberg Trio. He started playing guitar when he was 13 and was taught by his father and uncle. At the age of 12, Stochelo was awarded the prize for best musician at a child’s musical contest on Dutch television. Stochelo formed a band with his cousins and won several contests when he was young. His musical hero is of course Django Reinhardt, though he doesn’t hesitate to play jazz standards and some of pop as well – all in manouche style started by Django.