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Les Doigts de l’Homme: 1910

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Those who listen to the Gypsy Jazz channel at jazzradio.com have no doubt noticed the large number of musicians and bands playing in the style at a very high level of performance. What sets the group Les Doigts de l’Homme (“The Fingers of Men”) apart from most is its technical brilliance coupled with a fresh and adventurous approach to their arrangements and improvisations. The CD “1910” (the year of Django Reinhardt’s birth) is the group’s fourth full-length release, but the first devoted exclusively to gypsy jazz. May they never stop playing in the genre.

While Olivier Kikteff is billed as the lead guitarist of the quartet, he shares solo duties with guitarist Benoit ‘Binouche’ Convert. Guitarist Yannick Alcocer and bassist Tanguy Blum ably and zestfully provide the supporting foundation. Kikteff and Convert are stunning improvisers, difficult to tell apart if not for Kikteff’s richer tone and bluesier inflections.

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