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Review: Occidental Gypsy at the Green Mill

Review: Occidental Gypsy at the Green Mill

Musical fashions have come and gone since Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli codified "gypsy jazz" in their Quintet of the Hot Club of France, in the 1930s. Yet the lure of this idiom – with its buoyant melodies and relentlessly chugging rhythms – hasn't lost a whit of its power since then. Some bands play better than others, some cling more closely to the Reinhardt-Grappelli model than others, but the core appeal of this music easily transcends changing tastes and times. The large crowd that packed the Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday night reaffirmed the point, paying close attention to the finely honed work of Occidental Gypsy, a quintet that champions...

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