February 1996 (Issue No. 38)

AG 038 February 1996 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Django Reinhardt's career and legacy, with a Gypsy jazz lesson from John Jorgenson. Classical luthier Tom Humphrey and his Millennium guitar. Ben Harper interview. Letter from Brittany, France. Lessons on classic chord changes and movable swing and jazz chords. The music of fingerstylist Peppino D'Agostino. James McMurtry interview. Hawaiian slack-key and Gypsy jazz recordings reviewed. Willy Porter profile.

Featured Songs

Right Here Now - James McMurtry

Bella Donna - Peppino D'Agostino

Dominant Seven Swing - Dix Bruce

In This Issue

JAZZ MANOUCHE
Django Reinhardt and the vibrant world of Gypsy guitar, with a lesson from John Jorgenson. By Michael John Simmons.

APPROACHING THE MILLENNIUM
The revolutionary designs of classical guitar maker Thomas Humphrey. By Dan Erlewine.

REDEMPTION SONGS
Ben Harper's earthy, spiritual, and bracing folk music for the '90s. By Ben Elder.

JUMP STREET
Porter's Room. Profile of Willy Porter. By Andy Markham.

REVIEWS
Gypsy Jazz CDs. Latcho Drom, Moreno, Musiciens Manouches en Roussillon, Robin Nolan String Quartet. By Michael John Simmons.
Slack-Key CDs. Keola Beamer, Barney Isaacs, Jr. and George Kuo, Moses Kahumoku, Ozzie Kotani, Leonard Kwan, Cyril Pahinui, various artists. By Russell Letson.

HIT LIST
David Grisman Quintet, Dawganova. By Riley Tharp.
Stephen Bennett, Guitar Town. By Russell Letson.
Tom Prasada-Rao, The Way of the World. By James Jensen.
John Williams, From the Jungles of Paraguay. By Scott Cmiel.
Tony Rice and John Carlini, River Suite for Two Guitars. By David McCarty.
Manuel Barrueco Plays Lennon and McCartney. By Mark L. Small.
Abra Moore, Sing. By Dan Ouellette.
Jesse Cook, Tempest. By James Jensen.

AG LETTER
Letter from Brittany.  By David Surette.

SONG CRAFT
Singer-Storyteller. Profile of James McMurtry, with music to "Right Here Now". By Dan Ouellette.

GEARBOX
Equipment picks from Ben Harper, Django Reinhardt and other Gypsy guitarists, James McMurtry, and Peppino D'Agostino.

DEAR AG
Sitar strings. By Rick Turner.
Sweat that Kills. Sweaty hands and string life. By Richard Johnston.
Unholy Holes. Proper locations for pickup and hole for the strap. By Rick Turner.

BEGINNERS
Classic Chord Changes. By Richard Gartner.

WOOD CHOPS
A Movable Feast. Swing/jazz chord changes. By Dix Bruce.

SOLO
Bella Donna. Profile and music of Peppino D'Agostino. By Todd Ellison.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1949 Selmer. By Francois Charle.

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