Ah! Once again back to your pretentious best Stu and misquoting/misunderstanding me with such impressive bravado; your intellectual distain apparently eminating from my simply responding to the question posed by Stefan which is what I had thought the Forum was all about. I am particularly fascinated by the fact you quote Scot Wise since previous posts indicate he and I generally agree on many key issues whereas you and he less so. I am also particularly fascinated by the fact that many of the views you so forcefully express now are at odds with those you equally forcefully expressed a couple of years ago.stublag wrote:...and with respect
I think its something INCREDIBLE that someone could have 'studied' Django for almost 50 years and NOT realise the importance of the right hand in this music--or even understand the basics of the technique;forget Scots opinion and,for what its worth,mine.
We certainly have very different ideas about this music, it's origins and it's influences and I have to tell you old pal, I will continue expressing mine whenever the opportunity arises. Others can make a judgement as to whether I am talking a lot of balls or not. You are undoubtably a much better guitarist than me Stu but my ears work fine.
However, coming back to the original question, everything I have ever heard about Django and the nature of his music indicates he would think what you and I are doing in playing gypsy jazz as we do within quite restrictive boundaries is a bit pathetic - but as long as we enjoy doing it, so what? No need to get tetchy. Django was about freshness, new ideas, musical development, pushing the barriers and that does not fit with the gypsy jazz scene of 2005.