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ALBUM REVIEW: "En Direct et Endiable"

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The Djangoners

"En Direct et Endiable"

Self-released

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The Djangoners' first-ever album, "En Direct Et Endiable," is as much about Django Reinhardt's legacy as it is about the Rochester quartet's own. Drawing from Reinhardt's Hot Club of France, The Djangoners painstakingly and elegantly recreate the sweet café swing produced by the legendary gypsy guitarist and his violinist, Stephane Grappelli. And as the band has grown increasingly popular around town due to its exuberance and jaw-dropping fleet finger work, it would make sense that the generous 14-track "En Direct Et Endiable" is just that: "alive and swinging." With gems like "Songe d'Automne," "Troublant Bolero," and "Douce Ambiance," it's live, it's swingin', and it's terribly romantic. (The Djangoners will host a CD release party Sunday, March 23, 7 p.m. at Lovin' Cup.)

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