"In an inflationary number of groups worldwide that are copying, replicating or using the repertoire of The Quintet of the Hot Club of France Teo Collori presents his own music just reminding us of that sound.
The presence of clarinet associates with the Django's (Reinhardt) quartet without Grappelli, and in his case, I find a successful contribution to the sound of an ensemble with strings. The partner collaboration of Collori and violinist Krečič is original and enviable in both performance and arrangement.
Collori creates music that invites audience to feel and experience, not just listen. His approach to his guitar gives me pleasure and inspires respect."
Jazz publicist, author of the book "Djangology"
Teo Collori - guitar
Matija Krečič - violin
Jošt Lampret - bass
Metod Banko - guitar
Matej Kužel - clarinet
- 7 aug PIRANO - GEORGIOS PASTORAL CENTER
-2 sept POSTOJNA - ZMAJ MA MLADE
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
By: IAN PATTERSON
The final act of the Slovenia Music Showcase saw the quintet Momento Cigano led by guitarist Teo Collori breeze through a swinging set of gypsy-jazz. It was the only overtly retro act of the seven showcase bands but Collori's refusal to trawl the Django Reinhardt songbook meant that his originals felt freshly minted.
With three soloists in the shape of Collori, violinist Matija Krečič and clarinetist Matej Kužel there were plenty of individual fireworks, but it was the irresistible swing engineered by double bassist Jan Gregorka and rhythm guitarist Metod Banko that worked its way under the skin.
The first two tunes, the self-explanatory "Chase" and the mid-tempo "Tony Mitraglia" came from the bands' first CD, Hot Club Piran (Celinka, 2015), but the majority of the set was comprised of new material. A slow, swinging ballad by Gregorka featured exquisite violin and clarinet harmonies, with Krečič delivering a lyrical, bluesy solo. On the merrily chugging "Istriano Duro" rich harmonic lines were the order of the day.
Another aching ballad, "La Pluie," commanded the attention, as did the gently swinging "Bled," but most fun was had, however, on the livelier numbers, such as the infectious "One Moon No Sun," which set toes tapping and blood coursing. A couple of rabble-rousing numbers concluded the performance, though a prolonged ovation brought a double encore. A pizzicato violin motif accompanied Collori's heart-melting melodic lines, the duo eventually joined by a spare bass pulse in this moving serenade. With a perfect sense of choreography the quintet reunited on an up-tempo, driving tune, crowning a faultless and engaging performance in some style.