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Gypsy Tendercies

by Robert Bell

Acoustic Gypsy Jazz inspired by Django Reinhardt. Powerful rhythms and passionate joyful solos, this CD swings.
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. Jersey Bounce
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2. Djangology
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3. Minor Swing
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4. I'm Confessin' (that I love you)
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5. Ain't Misbehavin'
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6. Bossa Dorado
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7. Minor Blues
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8. Artillerie Lourde
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9. You Were Just There
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10. Douce Ambiance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I live in Minneapolis Minnesota. Here is how I came to this music...

By the year 1997 my musical endeavors had largely been collaborative creative projects that leaned toward pop or alternative music. I was interested in studying other genres and expanding my level of musical awareness. Jazz seemed a daunting curiosity whose secrets held many rewards.

I heard this style of music for the first time on KBEM FM Jazz 88.5 while driving in Minneapolis. The music was strikingly beautiful. I was moved to the extent that I called the station for the artist's name: Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. I had never heard guitar played with such virtuosity. I rushed out and purchased my first Django CD.

I have a personal reward system I use. When I purchase music I open it only after completion of a specific project, be it home or music related. The Django CD was a monster. There it sat , calling me with its knowledge of how my life and musical path would soon change.

The day came when I played Django's music for the first time. The rhythm was hypnotic and each solo was full of expression and originality. I came to learn Django, a nomadic European gypsy was severely burned in a caravan fire which subsequently crippled his left hand. It was incomprehensible that a guitar player could suffer such a debilitating injury and with only two fully functioning fingers play so beautifully. Nothing made sense to me anymore. I was hooked.

I had an immediate need to begin playing this music but, I could barely play a major scale and figured an arpeggio was a dish my mother might prepare. I began to listen and study Django and more importantly, let his genius inspire me. I have learned to appreciate what his longtime musical partner Stéphane Grappelli said of him: "(Django) did more for the guitar than any other man in jazz."

My interest in Django has also caused me to study theory, embrace my voice on the instrument and generally dedicate myself to the guitar. This recording captures the rawness and purity of expression that this music inspires.

Music is one of the biggest maps for the soul. May it take you places you have always loved and introduce you to ones yet undiscovered.
-R. Bell


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Matt Duffin

gypsy jazz done right
Bell brings fresh interpretations to one of jazz guitar's greatest heroes. Classic Reinhardt arrangements like "Minor Swing" and "Djangology" sound great. The playing is passionate and virtuosic, the production is crisp and warm; this is a must for anyone interested in the burgeoning gypsy jazz revival. Bell's originals stand on their own- "Minor Blues" is exotic and driving, and "You Were Just There" is a wonderful ballad, both touching and inspired. Bell gets some help on the low end with bassist Matt Senjem, who helps fatten up the sound of this rather lean recording. One of my favorites on this album is "Bossa Dorado," a gypsy take on bossa nova that is worth the price of the disc alone. If you are a fan of superb guitar playing and the gypsy jazz sound, this is It.

AJR

This is wonderful!
I saw Mr. Bell perform in June 2006 and loved the music he played. I made a point of looking up his Web site and buying his CD. Gypsy Tendencies is a fantastic album. I've bought several to give as gifts. It's lively music that needs to be shared.

Mike

Excellent, cool guitar work with a Gypsy Jazz beat
Your CD tracks all have an interesting pulse to them and
your style is authentic Django. You play hot licks in just
the right places! A very enjoyable experience. Would love
to see your band.