Salvatore Russo: La Touche Manouche

Salvatore Russo's La Touche Manouche is his 2009 acoustic guitar CD done in the Gypsy Jazz style associated with guitarists such as Django Reinhardt, and features the guitar work of Stochelo Rosenberg in all tracks. Russo comments, "Only a few years ago I would have never imagined recording this CD with Stochelo Rosenberg. His touch, his taste, his sound and his elegance are those of one of the greatest ever Django Reinhardt-style guitarists. During these last three years, playing several gigs around Italy together, Stochelo has shared his people's culture with me, the culture of Holland's Sinti, allowing me to discover new musical horizons, teaching me the art of Manouche guitar the same way he'd learnt it in his village through the oral tradition. Our different cultures (apparently so far apart but nevertheless so close and similar with regards to the most important values of life) meet in this musical project where the alternation of mine, Stochelo's and Django's compositions give birth to this work which has got the strong feeling of friendship animating us as its main point."