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Tony Green - Gypsy Jazz (REVIEW - JazzTimes)

ORLEANS OR-1811 (39:09)


Maybe the world doesn't need another Django disciple, but Green - who also happens to be a talented visual artist - wields his acoustic guitar with finesse and flair over the course of this 11-tune set. While he includes a few Django covers ("Nuages,""Cavalerie,""Bolero") most of the material consists of his own arrangements of tunes not associated with the great Gypsy. Likewise, Green's instrumental work - supported throughout by rhythm guitarist Gregor Sheldon and bassist Vitus Paukstaitis - includes a healthy share of Django-derived licks and nuances but for the most part bristles with original ideas that typically flow freely as his solos unfold.

---Jim Ferguson

 

Originally published in JazzTimes (March 1997), Vol. 27, No. 2, pg. 110

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