Friday, November 15, 2013

Fapy Lafertin-Lollo Meier Quartet: Jazz on a Sunday afternoon

Unique double concert by the Fapy Lafertin - Lollo Meier Quartet 
(with Quatre Tickets de Swing)
Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon
Georg Lankester

October 13th, 2013, one month ago,  a unique double concert in the Hot Club style had been scheduled.
The quartet of guitarist Fapy Lafertin with Lollo Meier did take place at a concert in Bathmen (near Deventer), invitated by Swing4all, which schedules a series of jazz concerts, entitled Jazz on a Sunday afternoon.

Quatre Tickets de Swing: f.l.t.r.: Eric Van Buijsen - Arthur Siero - Peter Swart and Georg Lankester (photo courtesy: Nic Gerretsen)
Ita van Dijk
(photo courtesy:
Nic Gerretsen)
Quatre Tickets de Swing was invited as the  opening band. For a packed house, the group, completed by lady singer Ita Van Dijk, started the program. Quatre Tickets de Swing is a quartet that plays music in the gypsy swing tradition that creates the typical French atmosphere of the 1930s and 40s, bringing Django standards, including beautiful songs performed by Ita such as Ménilmontant and Domino.  These titles and more  can be found on its recent album Swinging & Singing.

Fapy Lafertin (photo courtesy: Nic Gerretsen)

After the break the well known Fapy Lafertin - Lollo Meier Quartet continued the concert. The quartet featured Fapy Lafertin and Lollo Meier solo guitar, Henri Schuler double bass and Bram Van Es rhythm guitar. This set could be best summarized up in a few words as a concert that offered the audience exciting improvisations by Fapy and Lollo in a virtuoso performance.

Lollo Meier (photo courtesy: Nic Gerretsen)

In the first set, the band played some Lollo Meier compositions, like Hondarribia as well as some well-known Django themes like Hungaria and Them There Eyes.

Fapy Lafertin-Lollo Meier Quartet: f.l.t.r.: Henri Schuler - Lollo Meier - Bram Van Es - Fapy Lafertin (photo courtesy: Nic Gerretsen)

The second set  included titles like Are You In The Mood and Japanese Sandman as well as Fapy’s beautiful composition Plach’terida which surprised the audience. The latest album by the Fapy Lafertin-Lollo Meier Quartet is entitled Plach’terida
The final tune of the concert was entitled Les Yeux Noirs ( =Dark Eyes), which had an impressive intro by Fapy Lafertin .... a concert to remember!
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Georg Lankester
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A month ago a unique double concert was schedulded by Swing4all in its series Jazz on a Sunday afternoon in  Bathmen, a suburb of  Deventer (The Netherlands), October 13th, 2013, with the well known Fapy Lafertin - Lollo Meier Quartet. The hot club formation Quatre Tickets de Swing ( with vocals by Ita Van Dijk) opened the concert. Keep (it) Swinging loves to share a review of this unique memorial concert by guitarist Georg Lankester of the support band Quatre Tickets de Swing.

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