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The book is nicely produced, spiral bound hardback, with a cd.
The rhythm playing is more hot club than gypsy jazz.
It is an excellent book, I highly recommend it. .
Derek, not dense at all. Subject of much debate on these forums.
At the risk of getting flamed to a crisp, my take is:
Hot Club rhythm playing has a longer chord sustain on every beat and the upstroke is slightly slower. The rhythm has a pronounced bounce and an even dynamic. The sort of backing that Fapy Lafertain favours.
Gypsy jazz rhythm playing has a more clipped attack to it. The upstroke may be dispensed with entirely and the rhythm has a flatter feel. I'm thinking of the sound that Moreno has behind him.
Of course there are all sorts of variations and points in between. If it's any help I would describe the Hot Club style as wet and the Gypsy jazz style as dry. It used to be argued that there was a regional influence, with Parisans closer to the Hot Club style and the Alsas based players being more what I describe as gypsy jazz.
Anyway this is what I was getting at.