Fans of Matelot Ferret\'s epochal double album Tziganskaia or Angelo Debarre\'s groundbreaking Gypsy Guitars would do well to keep an eye out for the upcoming release of Adieu, Bienville from Charlottesville, Virginia\'s Olivarez Trio. Lead guitarist Rick Olivarez has obviously done his homework, and his love of the older waltzes, csardas, and Eastern European strains of Jazz Manouche gives rise here to a surprising new album that draws less on the jazz and more on the manouche. Due out on August 8th, the disc includes older valses (Choti, Dolores) alongside pieces like Folklore Hongrois, Mademoiselle de Bucharest and the Django tune Double Whisky. Interspersed throughout are originals composed in the spirit of Ferret and Tchan-Tchou Vidal; highly dramatic works evocative of a time past, tunes like Adieu, Bienville and the wistful, elegiac Valse Sans Maris sound like small gems only recently rediscovered. (In that way, Reinhardt\'s Double Whisky feels a bit out of place--a slightly too modern rhythm changes tune that doesn\'t play to Olivarez\'s considerable strengths. I\'d have much preferred another of his delightful originals in it's place.) Holding down the rhythm are guitarist Jeff Cheers and bassist Steve Riggs, who provide a solid, steady bed for Olivarez\'s soaring melodies. But Adieu, Bienville--to it's great credit--mostly feels like an ensemble effort, a recording of like-minded musicians who have been together a while, and have gotten to know each other through music. It\'s not, despite the musicianship on display, a \'guitar hero\' record, but one more concerned with showing us the oft-overlooked value of our own musical past, and it succeeds, showing that quality has no expiration date.
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