Gypsy Swing
February 11, 2005 7:14 PM   Subscribe

Every audience seems to be niche audience these days but this guy (not forgetting this guy) were the goods. I was reminded of them when a friends sent me this link from Germany. Made my day, it should at least raise a smile. (Guitar players may want to weep) And there seems to be a lot more of it out there than I had suspected, predictably in France and Holland, but even places like Argentina, Finland, and Japan . America does her part, and count on Britain to be encyclopaedic on the subject Okay, some are better than others, but they all have heart. Just now I could almost wish to live in Southern California just for this
posted by IndigoJones (16 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sweet Jebus! That is all.
posted by notsnot at 8:24 PM on February 11, 2005

holy florking schnit!
posted by quonsar at 8:28 PM on February 11, 2005

I'm not usually one for "virtuoso guitarist" types, but that Joscho Stephan bloke is the real deal! Bloody fanstastic.
posted by Jimbob at 8:46 PM on February 11, 2005

Holy florking schnit, indeed! Thanks IndigoJones, that about made my night!
posted by Songdog at 8:50 PM on February 11, 2005

awesome. gracias.
posted by funkbrain at 8:57 PM on February 11, 2005

In Seattle we're delighted to be home to Pearl Django. And for those who can't get enough Django, here's the man himself playing. Nice post.
posted by QuietDesperation at 9:00 PM on February 11, 2005

My god, the video at GuietDesperation's second link may be even more wonderful.
posted by Songdog at 9:09 PM on February 11, 2005

Wow, that's amazing. Great link! I like the whole post in general; thanks for the great links.
posted by Stunt at 10:02 PM on February 11, 2005

Its so disheartening to know that i will truly never be able to play that well...
posted by Kifer85 at 10:42 PM on February 11, 2005

Odd how tastes change. Odd how we take things for granted.

I have spent several nights a week for almost a decade now, playing upright bass in several duet settings with a selection of jazz guitarists. One went to north Texas and picked up the taint of the hyper-trained. One had a hippie streak and disappeared to Oregon. One had a massive Danny Gatton complex and is always in search of the gig that gives him more attention.

Then there's Don. Don has had multiple a bypass, showed up to a gig the day after a mini-stroke, and plays a Howard Roberts Gibson Strung with 14's(!!!!). He's in his 70's. His whole style is "hot" jazz. The high point of my week is the hours I spend with him on the weekend.

So, here's to Nuages, Secret Love, I Remember You, Honeysuckle Rose, Limehouse Blues, Old-Fasioned Love and the rest of the oldest of the old. Thanks to Don, I may carry these tunes a century further than you he ever expected.

I should not take the gig for granted. Tomorrow is not just another night with the fake book. It is more time with Don teaching me the Django style so that I may continue.

Continue to water it down, anyway.
posted by sourwookie at 12:17 AM on February 12, 2005 [1 favorite]

Over the last couple weeks the complete "Chronological Django Reinhardt 1934-1947" boxed cd set has been posted in alt.binaries.sounds.1940s.mp3 (more recently: look for posts from sargasso... and yes, 1940s preceding mp3 in this group's name) and alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.complete_cd (posted by bombarde i think, but earlier posts dating back into January, continuing into February). 96 kbps mono -- compilation is from old 78's -- and a 49 MB folder of scans included. Something like 300 songs altogether; excellent sound quality, great guitar, and Stephane Grapelli can send shivers... these guys were truly one of kind. for those who need to know...
posted by indices at 6:32 AM on February 12, 2005

I'm personally a big fan of the complete Integrale collection. I've got 15 of the two CD sets. It's fantastic stuff, but it's an import here in the states and they run ~$30 or so each.

Those of you interested in acquiring the appropriate tool should check out this site.
posted by pjdoland at 7:14 AM on February 12, 2005

Yay, excellent post!
posted by madamjujujive at 7:14 AM on February 12, 2005

You can't mention Django without mentioning Emmet Ray.

(Sweet and Lowdown introduced me to Django and Samantha Morton, and for that Mr. Allen, I'm thankful.)
posted by sexymofo at 7:59 AM on February 12, 2005

I would pay money to see a Crossroads style showdown between this guy and Yngwie Malmsteen. Different styles obviously, but think of the fireworks!!! I don't think this Joscho guy would look as good in leather pants as Yngwie though. And he's gotta work on the hair.
posted by spicynuts at 10:06 AM on February 12, 2005

And if you are ever in l'hexagone.
posted by pwedza at 11:12 AM on February 12, 2005

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