Double Jeu

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Romane and Stochelo Rosenberg are two extended family members who have mastered Gypsy swing in the manner of Django Reinhardt and St├ęphane Grappelli, though with a different twist. Using two acoustic guitars, bass and drums, they primarily play original music, which is open to modern influences while maintaining a Gypsy flavor. Aside from one standard, "Nature Boy" and an unusual treatment of Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk," that drastically alters the bassline, they play things like the decidedly funky "R' N Bis" and the intricate "Bop Tension," both composed by Romane. Stochelo is no slouch as a composer, contributing the lively "Double Jeu" (which one could easily imagine Reinhardt and Grappelli playing) and the bluesy miniature "Blues for Barney." This may be a pricey import for U.S. jazz fans, but Double Jeu is well worth seeking.

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