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Cafe Du Swing

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Cafe Du Swing by The Texas Gypsies

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With the release of Café Du Swing, the Texas Gypsies have accomplished what few bands have even tried, let alone succeeded in doing in the past. The group blends elements of traditional small group Swing, Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing into a tightly woven fabric of 21st Century sophistication and jumpin, thumpin entertainment. Just four musicians form the nucleus of this high spirited and ultra swinging small band. Steve Curry - guitar, vocals; John Hewitt - bass, vocals; Erik Swanson - guitar, lead vocals, vocals; Mark Menikos - violin. Collectively the band sounds tight and together, yet improvisational and flowing, leaving one to wonder how long these guys have been playing together to pull off such a feat of Grapellian and Reinhardtish proportions. But don t think for one minute that this is just a 21st Century attempt to ape the French and Belgium grand masters of Gypsy Jazz. These cats obviously know when to bob (as in Wills) and when to weave (like the Weavers minus the chick). All but two cuts on the release Café Du Swing are originals. Maxwell Swing and Flapperjack, both original instrumentals, are worth buying the CD for alone. The former features primarily Curry s lead with some tasteful musings from Mark Menikos on violin. The song has a almost a Squirrel Nut Zippers meets the Hot Club Of France feel to it. The latter, Flapperjack, is an uptempo flag waver again spotlighting Curry and Menikos with some brief call and response between the two at the beginning and both latter getting ample time to show off their prowess as soloists. Erik Swanson shines on rhythm and John Hewitt s bass drives all. Also, important to mention, is Menikos and Curry s beautiful reading of a Django Renhardt ballad called Manoir De Mes Reves. Total sophistication in the 21st Century by some well traveled Texans and an unexpected and pleasant if not downright euphoric surprise. My only complaint on this one is they should have kept going and stretched it out to five or six minutes! Bottom line is most of the CDs I get in the mail by upstart bands trying to swing go in the trash, get used for drink coasters or get hung from the eaves to scare the woodpeckers away (not really but I hear it works). Not this one. Check out this band at --swing music dot net

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  • Audio CD (August 4, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • Run Time: 41 minutes
  • ASIN: B000Y2AVYY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,525 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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