Depth, Clarity and a Funny Little Thing Called “Manouche” – Dario Napoli’s “Joie de Vivre”

What Django Reinhardt started let no man (or woman) put asunder. Gypsy jazz (sometimes called “Manouche” after Django’s ethnic roots) is a hotbed of intensity recalling the vibe in clubs from 1930’s Paris that has come into its own with excellent jazz practitioners. Speaking of which, Dario Napoli leads Modern Manouche and their latest album,... Continue Reading →

Sparkling Prose from the Body of a Small Guitar

Full of motion and skilled finger work, Harry Edwards’ jaunty gypsy jazz is irresistibly fun. The Hobart (Tasmania, Australia)-based guitarist has a swinging trio-turned-quartet (earlier trio is pictured) that continues to thrill with original tunes. Even slower tunes like “From Marjorie” add the sweet strum between measures while providing unusual chord changes to keep it... Continue Reading →

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