Gaucho: Darktown Strutter's Ball
Darktown Strutters's Ball
Comosed by Shelton Brooks.
Recorded: Amnesia, San Francisco, August 9, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
I never get tired of listening to so-called gypsy jazz. I mean, how can anybody not enjoy the energetic lilt of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli? (Please, if you don't, I'm not sure I want to hear about it).
In the case of Gaucho we have a modern interpretation of this timeless music that's jump-on-your-table fun. There is some crazy-great guitar work coming out of this band. There's also the fine accordion of Rob Reich. It is during his solo, at exactly the 1:30 mark, that full swingology is achieved. No wait, maybe it's during the nutty horn solo...
Ah heck, I don't know. All I can say is that the gypsy jazz-meets-jug band vibe is worth it on any night.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski