Spirits of Rhythm is an exploration of artists who inspire us.
Jazz is alive today. Not as a museum piece to be preserved, but as a living art form, to be explored and experienced. Few jazz musicians have had such a strong individual voice as Django Reinhardt, or such a unique influence on later musicians. He gave birth to the entire sub-genre of gypsy jazz, which still thrives. From the “chunk chunk chunk” of the rhythm guitar to the uniquely French melodies, it is a sound that stands out and, by definition, crosses boundaries.
Now, we tend to groove a little more like American musicians (which we are)- less of a straight, European march vibe and more of a laid back blues feel, a la Freddie Green. Or maybe somewhere in the middle- you decide. But that gypsy sound draws us in, swirls us around and leaves us completely transformed.
“They say I'd have been great whatever instrument I chose, but on guitar, nobody can touch me. Except, this gypsy in France…” -Emmet Ray, Sweet and Lowdown
released March 28, 2017
Josh Irwin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Ryan Leet, electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Charles Kay, tenor saxophone; Eddie Rutland, rhythm guitar; Eric Heveron-Smith, double bass.
Recorded Dec. 7th & 8th, 2016.
All tracks engineered by Kyle Welch at Blackbird Academy.
Assisted by Spencer Perlewitz, Trevor Mcintosh, Brady Maness, Ryan Pehkonen, Cody Peavy, and Kyle Busch.
Mixed by Eric Heveron-Smith. Mastered by Mike Paragone. Album artwork by Ryan Calloway.
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