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Gypsy Swing Jazz

May 25, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Gypsy Swing Jazz as a concept, is most directly credited to the body of work and the style of famed French guitarist Django Rheinhardt. The origins of this style are largely in 1930's France, which is why it is often called by the French name, "Jazz manouche," or alternatively, "manouche jazz." Gypsy Swing Jazz is also the title of 2004 formed Japanese jazz ensemble Swing Amor's first album, directly defining what sort of music they are about, and the rich tradition they are attempting to embody.

If you, as this reviewer, are a connoisseur of this genre, you may first want to understand what separates this particular gypsy group from any of its other modern contemporaries. In play style, the rhythm guitar and the standing bass are particularly present and strong, creating a more defined bounce to the overall rhythm mechanics than some of the more etheral sounding gypsy groups currenlty on the landcape. For dancers, this creates a more definitive, driving force to work with.

In evaluating the obligatory Django songbook choice of "Minor Swing," which, in itself defines a gypsy ensemble with a flavor or quality that can classify them as if they were fine wine or coffee, it can be said to be precise in its elegant framework, a bit more uptempo than Django's traditional version, containing an audible and infectious bounce, a rich texture of solo work, and a refreshing bass solo (from Morimoto Katsuaki).

Gershwin's "Lady Be Good," teases with an artful and elegant introduction followed by a fierce driving rhythm that could make a small potted plant fall off a table at a live performance.
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