I'm currently writing, outside of the blog, on how Django Reinhartd's 'Montagne Sainte Genevieve' waltz is a departure of his usual style. A subject which not only interests me but also one which I hold very dear to my heart, as I play the style myself. Looking through various resources to help me with my project I stumbled across a fantastic book which not only includes the most helpful hints and insights into Reinhardts playing I've ever come across but also some great rare photos and cultural information on the Gypsy jazz tradition. Its well worth a look. The author is Ian Cruickshank, I'll put his link below.
The sounds of Manouche jazz are incredible. The 4/4 rhythms are accentuated fantastically by the guitar and in combination with the syncopated bass lines and incredible lead guitar style you get a real fantastic blend of gypsy and jazz flavours. If you get a chance to see a Manouche jazz (meaning travellers jazz) act GET TO ONE !
Also For anyone else interested in Gypsy Jazz check out my favourite UK hot club act 'Hot Club Deluxe' based in Hertfordshire and Cambridge.