Gypsy Swing

Gypsy Swing

by Harmonious Wail


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Gypsy Swing

While there are a number of artists on the jazz scene that have an affinity for the signature sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, there are few bands left that work solely within the gypsy swing framework. Harmonious Wail is one of those outfits that still uphold the older traditions, and do so admirably well. Here, they take into account all aspects of gypsy swing: the string jazz from the Quintette du Hot Club du France, the Eastern European additions to the form, and the innovations brought about by the samba and bossa nova's introduction to the paradigm. The string playing of the band members is certainly something worth hearing (they arguably rival that of Seattle's Pearl Django in authenticity and ability). The guitar and bass play off one another perfectly, powering the pieces forward (especially where influences of Brazilian rhythm make themselves known). The opposite side of the coin is the vocals of the group. While well-intentioned, the singing rarely fits the beauty of the strings. Maggie Delaney Potthoff does a nice job of singing, but usually in more of a blues format that seems a little brash for the texture of the jazz at hand. Highlights include "Bossa Dorado," a nice, thumping piece inspired by the bossa nova, and "Minor Swing," the only Reinhardt composition on the album, but a classic by all respects, and worked well by the crew here. For gypsy swing, the first place to go is always to the originators of the form (the Hot Club), but Harmonious Wail isn't a bad choice for a later addition, complete with some of the newer influences to the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943705629
catalogNumber: 76056

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harmonious Wail   Primary Artist
Sims Delany Potthoff   Mandolin
Randy Hoecherl   Violin
Todd Steward   Conga,Drums
Henry Boehm   Bass,Double Bass
Tom Waselchuk   Guitar
Brian Erickson   Accordion
Maggie Delaney-Potthoff   Vocals,Cardboard Box

Technical Credits

Django Reinhardt   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Sims Delany Potthoff   Arranger,Producer
Tom Blain   Engineer
Philip Braham   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Harry Carroll   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dolores Canavan   Executive Producer
Tom Waselchuk   Arranger
Bernhard Gierstl   Liner Notes
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
Vittorio Monti   Composer
Sims Delaney-Potthoff   Producer

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