Sinti Swing Quartet | Brazil

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Brazil

by Sinti Swing Quartet

Gypsy Jazz by the legendary French gypsy Felix brothers (guitar) with John Intrator (violin).
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. Brazil
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2:53 album only
2. Joy
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3:48 album only
3. Stardust
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4:10 album only
4. Sinti Swing
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4:01 album only
5. Jumpin' At the Woodside
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3:12 album only
6. Menina Moca
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4:34 album only
7. Viper's Dream
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2:58 album only
8. Pour Tanguy
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4:03 album only
9. Gypsy Bop
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2:55 album only
10. Insensiblement
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3:13 album only
11. Swing Guitar
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2:50 album only
12. Swing Valse
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13. Bernie's Tune
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14. Adieu
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15. Recado Bossa Nova
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Without ever forcing his virtuosity, Sebastien brings swing and fluidity to his long, limpid and melodic lines, which he articulates with beautiful clarity... In superb form on the Latin numbers, the violinist John Intrator plays the ballads with sensitivity and elegance and brings excellent drive to the swing tunes.

As to the rhythm section, it is flawless - Alain Dessauges’ solid double bass and Youri's metronomic guitar backing are a perfect springboard for the soloists... pure gypsy swing played with sophistication, brilliance and ease. Bravo!"

Francis Couvreux, REVUE ETUDES TSIGANES, October 2007

"The temperature rises from one piece to the next. The first half of the concert ends with a standing ovation! Then the gypsy swing starts up again, with the virtuosity that characterizes the group... The complicity between the four musicians is perfect and almost palpable. And what rhythm!... The large audience applauds with all its might."

Le Progrès, 22/04/2007


"Crazy rhythms, skill, technical mastery : everyone played flat out, but in a completely natural way. John Intrator certainly deserves the compliments he received from Stéphane Grappelli, and his accompanists were also excellent. Quite simply superb!"

FESTIVAL de JAZZ de SERRES, July 2006


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Lauren Myers

Brazil
Gypsy jazz fans, if you don't have this CD yet, get it. Sinti Swing Quartet is the real deal, one of those bands we look for. Sebastien and Youri Felix, along with John Intrator, play with the polish and confidence that come from long association, the freedom that comes only through mastery, and the joy that derives from knowing it's all about the music. Sebastien's guitar sings "Like this, like this" while Youri's responds, "I know, I know" and John's violin comments "Just so, just so." I needn't comment further. The clips will stand on their own. The only thing better would be the whole CD.

Gex

And swing they do!
I defy you to try sitting still while listening to this music. Sinti Swing Quartet, based in eastern France not far from Lyon and Geneva, Switzerland, carries on the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Indeed, they are among those worthy to carry the torch of these original jazz manouche giants. Sébastien Félix plays astounding lead guitar, his rapid-fire technical virtuosity always in service to the music, melodic and crystal clear. (Guitar players, your jaw will drop even as your fingers are tapping.) Masterfully trading the lead with Sébastien is John Intrator—not a French gypsy like Félix (and Reinhardt), but an American. His fiddle, always within the genre, is both energetic and lyrical. The two soloists complement each other perfectly, as the spirit of the melody passes back and forth effortlessly. Meanwhile, the rock-solid rhythm section of Youri Félix, Sébastien’s older brother, on rhythm guitar and Alain Dessauges on double bass propel the music eagerly forward. These talents deserve wider recognition.

On “Brazil” Sinti Swing skillfully shows (as did Reinhardt and Grappelli) how naturally the jazz manouche style and instrumentation can energize music ranging from a Django Reinhardt tune (“Swing Guitars”) to Latin numbers (the title track, for one) to such old chestnuts as “Stardust.” Plus, there are original tunes from three of the four band members.

Whether sweet or hot—or both at the same time—Sinti Swing Quartet embodies infectious musical energy. Catch them live if you can. And enjoy “Brazil.” From the opening bars, they will have you swinging, too.