Guitarists most similar to Django?

Hey everyone I could spend the rest of my life listening to and studying Django's solos. But I'm not very familiar with other players.

By "similar to Django" I mean less "busy" types of solos, because I can't help noticing most modern players seem to do lot of constant shredding.

This kind of playing bores me after a while. One of the things I love so much about Django is his use of melody, space, phrasing - these things that make his moments of shredding and quick runs even that much more special.

I know nobody will ever sound like Django, but does anyone have recommendations for guitarists that have a less-busy style and approach to their solos? I do enjoy Biel Ballester's playing, if anyone is familiar with him.



  • krzyskrzys New
    Posts: 136

    Duved for simplicity and closeness to Django. You can learn a lot from his solos on Honeysuckle Rose.

    Tchavolo is also simple in that he uses the same 10 licks for everything, but there is magic in his dynamics in how he makes it all work.

  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 186

    The two who I get the most pleasure from and who consistantly create the most beautiful moments for me, are Angelo Debarre and Adrien Moignard. There are many others who can also come up with magic - you don't know when it will happen, but when it does, nothing else matters. I find listening to Louis Armstrong and Ella is also inspiring - they are masters in simple but perfect melody.

  • DoubleWhiskyDoubleWhisky Upper FranconiaNew Dupont MD60, 1940s Castelluccia
    edited March 30 Posts: 139

    Less busy style brainstorming: Eddie Lang, 90s Fapy Lafertin, Oscar Alemán, Tchan Tchou Vidal, Rino van Hooijdonk, Romain Vuillemin and as mentioned of course Duved Dunayevsky.

    Recent "less busy" releases:

  • adrianadrian AmsterdamVirtuoso
    Posts: 545

    I assume you're limiting the scope to gypsy jazz? If not, I'd recommend B.B. King, Chet Atkins, George Barnes and Hank Garland.

    In the gypsy jazz world, check out Rocky Gresset and Boba Demeter.


  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,261

    If you are thinking of 30's style Gypsy Jazz, it is without doubt Fapy Lafertin. He is even quite close for the early New Quintet with Rostaing but for the late 40's and 50's style, you will be struggling to find anything quite like it. After Django died, many of the gypsy players who followed him tended to perform in his 1947 electric guitar style rather than the acoustic 30's mode but then during the renaissance, it all moved to being predominately flashy technical pyrotechnics; very impressive but quite wearying.

  • Elí SaúlElí Saúl Toluca, Mexico.New Dell'Arte DG-H2
    Posts: 104

    I feel you man, in recent years I’ve been slowing down the train of notes on my mind.

    In the gypsy jazz scene: Duved Dunayevsky, Tcha Limberger, Steeve Laffont, Tchavolo are the ones who I think have always very determined space in their phrasing.

    But if you want to have a less busy approach man you should totally try transcribing Chet Baker, his way of constructing solos is amazing, works over gypsy jazz like a charm and one can learn a lot of very subtle things!

    i transcribed this a while ago for one of the bands I play with, this has it all! Sometimes I feel like gypsy jazz players forget that the genre is still jazz and tend to only gather influence from other gypsy jazz players.

  • edited March 29 Posts: 72

    Yeah, I gotta join the pile on for Duved - not only for his phrasing but of equal importance, his tone is just sooooo close to Django's imo

  • djazzydjazzy New Riccardo Mordeglia, AJL
    edited March 31 Posts: 66


    But I'll add that Django still had two really important things in his playing that to my ears no one else even seems interested in: joy, and a genuine sense of surprise. (Tchavolo could be an exception with regard to that first just exudes out of him but still sounds nothing like Django anyway.) Django did it volcanically. And it always makes me smile. There are guitarists in this genre that I love but (for whatever reason, historical influences perhaps most important) just bring something very different in their playing. They're moodier, flashy, more 'out,' or whatever...

  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 462

    Remi Harris is great, too.

  • JSantaJSanta NY✭✭✭ Dupont, Gaffiero, AJL
    Posts: 262

    Other than a few others that have been mentioned, Sebastien Felix comes to mind as someone in the traditional Django style. He's easily one of my favorite players, his newest record is fantastic.

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