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MP3 Le Quecumbar Allstars Featuring Lollo Meier - JAZZ: Gypsy Jazz
A fresh, timeless, nostalgic trip - from Gypsy Swing to Latin. An irresistible mix of heartbeat rhythms, swinging guitars, joyous arrangements and smouldering vocals, with Django Reinhardt classics and 1930s Swing standards and sizzling contemporary tunes
Recorded at Le QuecumBar (London''s world premier Gypsy Swing venue)over 2 days in 2007, a collective of highly talented and accomplished regular Le QuecumBar musicians producing music whose vitality and emotions you can never tire of. From the energetic authentic gypsy swing of Mire Pral, to Pink Martini s contemporary infectious Brazilian rhythms in Lilly, to the rarely heard vocal version of Django Reinhardt s evocative Nuages, this recording captures the joie de vivre that flows nightly at Le QuecumBar and represents the very heart and soul of all involved.
LOLLO MEIER on solo guitar (track 7), Gypsy Swing guitar master, band leader and composer, this immensely talented Dutch Gypsy was raised on Gypsy SWing. Cousin of Fapy and Stochelo, his style and compositions are lyrical, melodious, joyful and sensitive, leaving a smile upon the lips and a taste of genuine Django. The dedicated melody for le QuecumBar was given a honourable mention in the top 13 of 15,000 world entries in the ISC, USA. A man of style, grace and humour, we are honoured and proud to have Lollo as a valued friend, patron and supporter, special thanks for his composition where he is joined by Andre Donni on clarinet and Dominiue Pierard on rhythm guitar.
JONNY GEE on double bass (tracks 1-12)Jonny plays everything from tango, classical, baroque, jazz and salsa to Gypsy Swing. versatile, energetic and eclectic bass powerhouse and founder memeber of ZUM, an acousic quintet that created gypsy tango fusion
STU BLAGDEN on solo guitar (tracks 2,3,4,5 (head and 1st solo), 6,8,9,10). Trained in rock, classical, Brazilian and jazz guitar, a fine and sensitive Gypsy waltz player with a fluid and creaitve style. He has toured Argentina with the World Guitar Festival, playing with Eduardo Fernandez and other Latin greats and has his own Gypsy Swing Quartet.
DUCATO PIOTROWSKI on rhythm guitar (tracks 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10,11,12). A Rom Gypsy, and one of this genre''s top UK rhythm players who has performed with such legends as Moreno, Gary Potter and mtcho Winterstein.
DAVID AHMED on rhythm guitar(tracks 1,4,8,9,11,12),
a Dylanesue teen guitarist, followed by folk msndolin and tenor banjo, discovering ''Django''s Legacy'' switched him onto Hot Gypsy Swing, and he now performs with several Gypsy Swing ensembles.
JEFF MOORE on violin (tracks 1,4,5,8,9,12)A multitalented multi instrumenta who plays piano, viola, accordion, and the vioin since the age of 4. He has worked with Paul McCartney, Ravi Shankar, Jools Holland and has played the Proms, as well as touring the world as MD for the RSC.
HELENA JESSIE, vocals (tracks 1,4,6,9,12) 2007 ''Best Jazz Singer'' at the Irish World Award'' ceremony, captivating, sultry, Celtic chanteuse Helena wows audeinces with her mega hot swinging vocal and beguiling peformances. She has played the best venues, from Le QuecumBar to Ronnie Scotts and Pizza on the Park.
BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet (tracks 1,2,3,4,9,11) and tenor sax(tracks 12). A clarinettist and sazophonist who plays everythin gfrom 1920s to contemporary jazz and Latin. From New York to Cork and the North Sea to Kathmandu this guys swings with the best.
BARRINGTON MEYER on rhythym guitar (tracks 4,12)He discovered the guitar at 17 and became a fan of Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, with time getting into the Django sound and playing /recording with Gypsy Jazz Trio Rhythm Futur. He records and writes music.
PETE ''TIGER''SHEPPARD on solo guitar (track 5 (2nd solo), 11 ) and rhythm guitar (tracks 2,3,5). Fiery Pete cut his teeth on the Gypsy Swing style busking in France and learning from the Gypsies. He has played classical, funk and trad jazz , recorded with Jazz Gitanes and performed at the L''Esprit Jazz Manouche Festival.
TOBY NOWELL on trumpet (tracks 1,3,4,9,11,12) A fine multi instrumentalist, including Turkish soprano clarinet and guitar. Arranger, transcriber and eclectic player of rish horn harmonies for various bands such as the jazz quartet Blue Soup and electric Balkan band Bucimis.
DAN TEPER on accordion (tracks 2,3,5,10,11,) Picked up the accordion to busk with legendary street theatre band The Cosmic Sauasges and found this ''fun box'' offered an escape from the serious world of jazz paino and film scoring. He plays regularly with gypsy jazzers Vipers Dream, and writes music for film and TV.
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