Les DeMerle

Gypsy Rendezvous, Vol. 1

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

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Any time anyone calls their group Dynamic, it's cause to put up a red flag for cheesiness. But the rousing Gypsy jazz that comes from this group is, well, rather dynamic. The disc came about during DeMerle's vacation to Maui, where he and Bonnie Eisele jammed with a local group. The result is a modern Hawaiian Gypsy jazz disc with a bit of a surf vibe, thanks to the dual guitars of Gypsy Pacific, Tom Conway and Phil Benoit. DeMerle's energetic drumming propels the music, especially on the instrumental tracks that really cook. Eisele's vocals aren't the strongest; her intonation goes awry a few times, but it does bring a new dimension to the music. If you want to have fun and hear what Django may have sounded like if he lived island style, this is a fun listen.








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