I have to begin by echoing the comments of praise for the quality of this book. It conveys a wealth of valuable creative insight into this music. I am enjoying working through all of the material, but as a chord melody player found the Dudley composition New Metro Swing to be a special treat. I am sorry I did not get to see Pearl Django while he was in the band.
I did get to her you guys in Florida recently, and attended your workshops in Waldo. Thanks for taking the trouble to come down this way and I hope it was a good trip from your perspective. I found your rhythm workshop to be especially valuable and took particular pleasure in your taking us through the tune Bossa Dorado. Later when I heard your composition Palo Verde on a CD I had picked up after the workshop I began to appreciate the strong latin influence on gypsy music, which is something I wish I had asked about during the workshop. I am getting the melody of Palo Verde fairly well off the recording, but there are a couple of harmonies I am still struggling to hear. I hope you will feature some latin influenced tunes in your in future books you release, because this material is so unique and wonderful - sort of the best of both worlds. By the way, your teaching skills are pretty impressive. Thanks for sharing them so generously.