Joscho Stephan Trio – Paris-Berlin (2018)

Joscho Stephan Trio - Paris-Berlin (2018)
Artist: Joscho Stephan Trio
Album: Paris-Berlin
Genre: Swing, Gypsy
Origin: Germany
Released: 2018
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Train to Paris 02:47
Are You in the Mood 04:26
Valse de la Mer 02:24
Songe d’automne 02:55
Vous et Moi 04:04
Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus 02:56
Hallo, kleines Fräulein 03:35
Bei Dir war es immer so schön 03:41
Kein Schwein ruft mich an 03:07
Wes Berlin 03:31


With the album Paris-Berlin, the musicians of Joscho Stephan Trio with Joscho Stephan on acoustic guitar, Volker Kamp on double bass and Sven Jungbeck on the rhythm guitar are reminiscent to the “Hot Club de France” with the legendary guitarists Django Reinhard and Stephan Grappelli, respectively, a formation that made the heart of the Gypsy swing trailer beat faster in the thirties. Joscho Stephan is in no way inferior to the historical role models and has the advantage of the current recording technology and the trouble-free digital storage medium or the modern LP, which both are far superior to the shellac record.

The first five tracks of the Paris-Berlin album “Train to Paris”, “Are You in the Mood”, “Valse de la Mer”, “Songe d’automne” and “Vous et Moi” are clearly recognizable of francophile nature and exude in a lush manner the then characteristic, easy-going flair of the French capital. The second five tracks are the comedian harmonists’ evergreen “Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus”, Theo Mackeben’s “Hallo kleines Fräulein” and “Bei Dir war es immer so schön” as well as Max Raabe’s ” Kein Schwein ruft an ” and the final one “Wes Berlin” by Joscho Stephan congenially reproduce the loose, emphatic attitude to life of the German capital at that time.

This excellently recorded album conveys the atmosphere characterized by high concentration and enormous joy of playing, which atmosphere prevailed bluntly and up close in the summer of 2018 in the recording studio, as evidently feasible only under the conditions of a direct-to-disc recording session.