‘Koblenz (43:20, 5 stars) makes a thoughtful case for Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz as a kissing cousin to Klezmer. Weltlinger goes deep into the guitarist’s Sinti and Roma roots while touching on his own family history. The songs are an irresistible grouping…’
Kirk Silsbee – Downbeat, August 2015.
‘The music of Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli has spawned countless imitators and revivalists the world over, but where others have used the Gypsy swing idiom as a vehicle for virtuosity Weltlinger brings a refreshing sense of innocence to bear. The violinist imbues the melodies and his sound with a lightness and joyousness that can coexist with any sadness or pensiveness implicit in a given piece.’
John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald, January 4, 2015.
All songs are the original compositions of Daniel Weltlinger, with additional harmonies composed by Ian Date. Horn and String arrangements by Daniel Pliner (tracks 7-9). Daniel Weltlinger would like to thank BNP Paribas Australia and the BNP Paribas Foundation for their kind generosity in funding this recording project. This recording is dedicated to the life and times of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) and to the entire Reinhardt family from Koblenz in particular Lulo Reinhardt and the late Bawo Reinhardt (1941-2013). This is a recording also dedicated to reaching an understanding of the complexity of history and circumstance that affects many people from around the world, in particular those from a Jewish or Sinti/Roma background. It is a prayer for peace.
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