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Time Capsules

by Howard Levy's Acoustic Express

Howard Levy's all-acoustic group performs pieces by Django Reinhardt, Robert Johnson, George Gershwin, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and more.
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. The Sidewalk Blues
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2. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
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3. Nuages
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4. Jovano Jovanke
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5. Kind-Hearted Woman
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6. I Felafel Blues
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7. Lay Lady Lay
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8. Oh Lady Be Good
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9. A Voz Doce
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10. Karlov's Gankino
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11. In My Life
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Album Notes
Harmonica innovator and pianist Howard Levy started Acoustic Express in 2003, after missing playing swing music, and wanting to play more acoustically on harmonica. Bassist Larry Kohut recommended guitarist Chris Siebold. Howard and Pat Fleming we were in The Balkan Rhythm Band together in the early ‘80’s. Instead of trying to recreate The Quintette of the Hot Club of France or imitate Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, they created an open-ended group that could play Swing, Jazz, Blues, Bulgarian music, Brasilian music, Dylan and Beatles tunes, and originals, too.

These recordings were made in Larry’s living room, at Studio Chicago, in concert at Northminster Church in Howard's hometown of Evanston, IL, and live at his former hangout, the now defunct Café Express on Dempster St. in Evanston. The name “Acoustic Express” partially comes from the café, where they played several unamplified gigs - a rare treat for music fans. Howard rediscovered these four recordings in 2001 which were sitting around his house like little "Time Capsules," each with a specific feeling and mood. There are no overdubs or fixes, though there is some editing on some cuts.


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