Royce Campbell didn’t intend to jump on the Django Reinhardt bandwagon so much as incorporate gypsy jazz into 10 originals when he recorded Gypsy Soul. Bob Bowen (bass) and Phil Riddle (drums) accompany him, but their contributions stay in the background and simply hold things together. Up front, Campbell overdubs a rhythm guitar part, which usually bangs out a steady four-to-the-bar beat, and adds the appropriate bounce to the music. The setting certainly evokes Reinhardt, but true to Campbell’s goal, his writing and melodic ideas are really what stand out.
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