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Les DeMerle

Gypsy Rendezvous, vol. 2

ORIGIN 82598

“...a fearsomely good drummer.”
-Downbeat

Legendary drummer Les DeMerle returns with a fiery Hot Club spirit on volume two of his Gypsy Rendezvous series. Along with the Maui-based and Django-inspired group "Gypsy Pacific" and the sublime vocals of Bonnie Eisele, DeMerle leads a joyous musical romp as the group takes the energy of Reinhardt and Grappelli up a notch on reworked jazz staples such as Limehouse Blues and Too Close for Comfort, or American Songbook classics including Squeeze Me and Time After Time. Recorded in Maui during a Hawaiian tour, Gypsy Rendezvous, Volume Two is another jaunt through swinging musical territories with DeMerle's appropriately named band.

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TRACKS:

1 Little Coquette 2:40
2 Too Close For Comfort 3:09
3 Everything Happens To Me 3:52
4 La Vie En Rose 4:37
5 Limehouse Blues 2:27
6 Time After Time 4:16
7 Squeeze Me 4:35
8 All About Love 3:49
9 Nuages 5:49
10 The Snake 3:28
11 Makin' Whoopee 4:55
12 Upside Down/Flor De Lis 3:49
13 Little Jazz Bird 3:09
14 What a Wonderful World 5:05
15 One For Big Sid 2:23

PERFORMERS:

Les DeMerle - Drums and vocals
Bonnie Eisele - Vocals, percussion

Gypsy Pacific:
Willie Wainwright - Violin
Tom Conway - Guitar
Phil Benoit - Guitar
Marcus Johnson - Bass

Special Guests:
Sal Godinez - Piano (2)
David Choy - Soprano Sax (8)
Keith Davis - Piano (12,13)
Paul Martin - Bass (12,13)

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Les DeMerle & Bonnie Eisele
for Music Unlimited Productions, Amelia Island , Florida
Recorded February 4 - 9, 2008
at Ulu Loa Studio, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii
Engineered by Jake Rohrer
Mixed by Jake Rohrer, Les DeMerle & Bonnie Eisele
Cover photograph by Caroline Blochlinger
Les photograph (pg 3) by Caroline Blochlinger
Design & layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Les DeMerle and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, released a previous album of Gypsy jazz-inspired pieces back in 2009 that showed some hints of greatness when DeMerle and Eisele were able to combine effectively with their Gypsy jazz counterparts, and a bit of musical confusion when they weren't able to meet in the middle. Here, the two factions w ...

 

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