New Orleans artist/guitarist Tony Green has crafted a masterpiece of swinging gypsy jazz with this CD. He covers three Django Reinhardt tunes, as well as songs by Sidney Bechet, a variety of traditional waltzes and lullabies, and one original piece.
The songs come to life through Green’s beautiful guitar style, emphasizing melody and emotion over the frenetic arpeggios that dominate much gypsy jazz. Through it all, Green’s guitarwork sounds effortless, with his keen phrasing and flawless chops. This is a phenomenal disc of gypsy swing.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s May ’97 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.