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Thread #170354   Message #4120052
Posted By: Tony Rees
15-Sep-21 - 03:26 PM
Thread Name: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
Thanks CND ... actually a few of them are Gypsy Jazz: Häns'che Weiss Quintet (Germany) with a young (17 yr old) Titi Winterstein in violin (now an older man!), Waso (Belgium) featuring the great Fapy Lafertin on lead guitar, the late Jon Delaney RIP (Australia), and Gadjo Guitars featuring Nigel Date (also Australia, also good); also some parts of Monsieur Camembert, balancing the klezmer element... So as you can tell I may have a bit of a soft spot for that genre, probably stimulated in the first place by seeing Diz Disley play the folk clubs in the early 70s, then by his role in assisting with Stephane Grappelli's comeback - at the Cambridge Folk Festival of all places! (I was not there that year - 1974 - but was the following one).

Gypsy Jazz (GJ to its friends) has more recently become quite a popular niche area i.e. increased in world popularity among amateurs enjoying the style, but is fiendishly difficult really, requiring very high standards of proficiency. They say that as far as practicing goes, the first 30 years are the worst which sort of fits with my experience, consequently I tend to concentrate on other musical styles for my own playing!

Cheers - Tony