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    Who are the best Gypsy Jazz Guitar players?

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    I don't think in terms of good better or best but I think it all began with Django Rheinhardt, who's spirit is kept alive by a whole bunch of very fine Gipsy Guitarists like Birelly Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg, Babik (Rheinhardt, son of) David (Rheinhardt, grandson of), Dorado Schmitt, Samson Schmitt, Angelo Debarre, Silvain Luc and a lot of others.

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    Solid list above. I'd also check out Romane -- incredible lines and a fantastic touch.

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    Just want to say hi. I just registered and wanted to get started. About the gypsy jazz guitarist there is a swedish player whos name is Andreas Öberg. He plays alot of different styles, but when playing gypsy jazz he is amazing.

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    It's got to be the Rosenbergs for me.

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    A lot of great gipsy guitarist ...
    Don't forget Christian Escoudé, not a pure gipsy jazz, but a real gipsy man, and a so great musician.
    Listen also the very intersting Rocky Gresset ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreasfjell
    Just want to say hi. I just registered and wanted to get started. About the gypsy jazz guitarist there is a swedish player whos name is Andreas Öberg. He plays alot of different styles, but when playing gypsy jazz he is amazing.
    Yeah, Andreas can play anything and sound amazing, even when he's just playing chords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex07
    A lot of great gipsy guitarist ...
    Don't forget Christian Escoudé, not a pure gipsy jazz, but a real gipsy man, and a so great musician.
    Listen also the very intersting Rocky Gresset ...
    I've seen Christian a few times and he's pretty impressive too.

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    There are lots of good players in this style - here are two of the best who haven't been named on this thread yet -

    Joscho Stepahn


    and Fapy Lafertin

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    Howard Alden, Robin Nolan, Birelli Lagrene has already been mentioned, and a local guy I used to play with: Mark Schwartz and Hot Club Pacific:

    http://www.hotclubpacific.com/

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    What Rhythms are used in gypsy jazz?

    what are they called and so on

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    Quote Originally Posted by memyselfandus
    What Rhythms are used in gypsy jazz?

    what are they called and so on
    The major style is called la pompe. There are regional variations. Other rhythms are also used.

    To get really deep into it, check this out ...
    Djangobooks.com | Gypsy Rhythm by Michael Horowitz

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    Yes that book looks awesome. It has been on my list for some time.
    Thank you for the link Stackabones.

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    I got turned on to this cat about a month ago and was amazed.......



    His name is Frank Vignola and hes pretty good....

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    Search for a documentary called the Django Legacy featuring a festival with a lot of the players mentioned above, awesome film! To me, the absolute winner is a child about ten years old who swings like mad!

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    On behalf of the other Merseyside boys on this board, I would mention Gary Potter from Liverpool - great player in that gypsy style.

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    During the late Seventies I was very much into French jazz ... and I remember as worth contributors to the idiom the brothers Elios and Boulou Ferré, as well as the (most often) Grappelli sidemen Marc Fosset ...

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    Garry Potter is one that springs to mind, he is simply amazing.

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    John Jorgenson Quintet is really good. I've been rockin' their/his stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mangotango
    On behalf of the other Merseyside boys on this board, I would mention Gary Potter from Liverpool - great player in that gypsy style.
    I have mate in his 50's and he taught gary at school, not music just english etc. theres a couple of guys i know from preston way, where im from, who have played with him. he's supposed to be very good. not heard much.

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    I consider Adrien Moignard as one of the greatest gypsy jazz players, whose playing mixes gypsy jazz style and modern jazz playing...
    Watch this out : Dailymotion - Adrien moignard joue Impression (John Coltrane), une vidéo de selmer607. adrien, moignard, guitar, guitare, coltrane
    And on Deezer, listen to his band : Zaiti
    Enjoy !
    guigogane

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    Another vote for Gary Potter, here. He always sounds like he's having so much fun and I love the unusual quotes he drops in.

    Having said that, I also love all the other usual suspects mentioned here. Birelli's Live At Vienna DVD is one of my most played.

    As far as teaching resources go, you can't go wrong with Dennis Chang's DVDs - both rhythm and lead, Check out:

    Denis Chang

    I've been mworking my way through these and they're great!

    Regards,
    D

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    A few years back I was playing in France, and a friend took me to a little club in Montmartre where some of 'Django's relatives' were playing; just two guitars, both with 175's. They were mighty fine...anybody know who they are?

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    Frank Vignola and John Jorgenson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stackabones
    Solid list above. I'd also check out Romane -- incredible lines and a fantastic touch.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scolohofo
    Nobody mention Romane!


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    Read post #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertrand tB
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    yes,i overlooked this one,i'm sorry

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    No problem Sco, this can happen to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsguitars09
    Who are the best Gypsy Jazz Guitar players?
    All guitarplayers mentioned on this forum are of absolute world class, however ... I'm missing a lot of names ... the best for me are Paulus Schäfer, Jimmy Rosenberg, Stochelo Rosenberg, Mozes Rosenberg (younger brother of Stochelo), Feigeli Prisor, Eddie Grünholz, and many more who never went commercial.

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    Robin Nolan
    Great books as well as fine player. His Gypsy Jazz Licks is a blast.

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    The best I've ever heard (besides Django of course) are - Stochelo Rosenberg, Frank Vignola, Biréli Lagrène, Joscho Stephan. There are many others, but these four are literally jaw dropping players. Joscho's technique is flawless, and Vignola's speed and dexterity (with both hands) is mind boggling.

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    Paul Mehling

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    Stochelo and Jimmy Rosenberg play in the style that speaks to me the most.

    Bireli is a monster player, but I prefer him on electric playing the Benson influenced style.

    Angelo Debarre has a more linear, romantic style heavily inspired by the great Tchan Tchou Vidal.

    Many young French players today copy Birelis articulation and phrasing, and go for Hahl guitars or Holo guitars(they sound very much like Hahl guitars). It sounds great, but sometimes it's hard to tell that the second solo is taken by a different player and not the same guy. Although they steal his licks, it's really more in the phrasing and articulation that it becomes obvious. Bireli has a super distinct way of phrasing and articulating, it's 100% Bireli.
    There are some Bireli inspired players who really stand out. One of my favorites is Sebastien Giniaux. He has taken inspiration not only from Django and Bireli, but from a range of ethnic music styles. He's a true artist IMO.
    Here's an example of his wonderful experimental playing:


    Rocky Gresset is another great player who has obvious Bireli influences, but who has grown from that and developed his own thing. He seems to play mostly on archtops and plays a lot of Wes tunes. Another super player.

    I also really like Gonzalo Bergara and Adrien Moignard. These two players have a similar style and great musical chemistry together. They have a new album that should be out soon. Here's a mind blowing clip:


    Then you have the supergroup "Les Doigts de L'Homme"(translates: "human fingers") who play not only the standards but original compositions that are more progressive and thoroughly composed in nature. I really recommend their newest record "Mumbo Jumbo" if you want your mind blown. Here's my favorite composition from their new album:

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    Old thread...did I ever respond...even if I did, a nod to the Ferre brothers, Boulou and Elios.

    The thing I like about them is they don't just rehash 1940's hot club swing...They do everything from gypsy music to hot club jazz, Bach to Beatles...Boulou's creative energy as an improviser is fantastic!

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    Django Reinhardt

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    Nothing quite like the gypsies themselves yet in my opinion. Angelo is by far my favorite, I don't see anything linear in his playing, the notes feel like they keep bouncing when he plays, and he has ventured very far from any Vidal influence he might have had (well, yes they both love waltzes but that's it I think). He, just like Bireli and Stochelo, has developed a unique style recognizable instantly. Tchavolo is incredible too, he says as much as the other with less than half the notes. The Ferre brothers are very creative too but, I find them way too sloppy to appreciate it... A younger guy that I really like is Yorgui Loeffler, very tasting playing.

    I am also a little puzzled by the new generation, it is true that those guys sound more and more like Bireli (I mean at least some of them manage to, while others are still trying...). My favorites amongst them are Giniaux and Gresset, and Les doigts de l'Homme of course, Olivier has a very manly playing and he is not really trying to emulate anyone. the name doesn't mean Human fingers in fact, it is "Man's finger" or rather "Fingers of the man" (it is also incorrect in French), and I suspect there are several jokes around it. The first obvious one is a pun: les "Droits de l'homme" which means "Human Rights".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr JDG13
    the name doesn't mean Human fingers in fact, it is "Man's finger" or rather "Fingers of the man" (it is also incorrect in French), and I suspect there are several jokes around it. The first obvious one is a pun: les "Droits de l'homme" which means "Human Rights".
    I stand corrected. Pardon my French

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    Not in order, but:

    Django - of course, the pioneer and prodigy

    Angelo de Barre - the most poetic, very light touch and fluent

    Stochelo Rosenberg - maybe the most pure stylistically of the great Django gypsy successors

    Jimmy Rosenberg - untethered, fast, wild, and exciting

    Joshco Stephan - technical monster but still easy on the ears. Slightly lacking the soul of my favorites IMO, but still great.

    Sylvain Luc - the most original style, though not my favorite to listen to on his own.

    Bireli Lagrene - best rounded, most inventive, most soulful, and my all around favorite, besides the fact that he can play so many styles so well as so few others can. Seen him live four times.

    On Rhythm guitar - Hono Winterstein and Nousche Rosenberg

    Others I like a lot but not in my top tier - Dorado Schmitt, Frank Vignola, Romane, Robin Nolan

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    I’m a fan of these two:



    particularly giniaux’s feel:



    but boyer is also a monster on classical:


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    Depends what you want.

    Classic? Joscho Stephan
    Creative/modern? Sebastian Giniaux, Adrien Moingard
    Unabashed shred? Stochelo
    Django reborn? Duved Dunayevsky
    Melody? Lollo Meier
    Crossover with American jazz? Frank Vignola

    And then, what about someone like Julian Lage?

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    Lately I like listening to Tchavolo Schmitt, his rhythm playing work has that gypsy fire that moved me like when listening to Django for the very first time- solos on Blue Drag, Dinah...