Montreal Jazz Festival, CBC Stage (outdoor)
Thursday, July 5, 2012 – 8 p.m.
Gypsophilia plays a particularly deft and crowd-pleasing version of gypsy jazz/manouche. In their 2012 Montreal Jazz festival performance, the Halifax-based band showed that they could easily engage an outdoor audience with their music, ending with enthusiastic applause.
Of course, the handstands by guitarist/percussionist Ross Burns didn't hurt.
While the group's debt to Django Reinhardt was generally audible throughout, the originals they played had major influences that went far afield and well outside jazz: country, Don Messer-style fiddling, Jewish, klezmer, Jamaican, even Kool and the Gang. It was vibrant and alive, but so diverse that it became difficult at times to hear how the songs related to each other.
Particularly outstanding were Gina Burgess on violin and Adam Fine on bowed double bass, adding an extra thoughtfulness to an almost frenetically-paced hour-long concert.
– Alayne McGregor
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