Thanks to Jack I caught a Swing Gitan show Friday night. (It took someone from Boston to hip me to my own scene here in Chicago
But I don't think it was the usual group. It was Alfonso backed by vibes, bass, and drums. The sound clips I heard online had violin, no vibes. What's the norm?
Whatever. It was a nice show. Good set list of standards. The sound mix really featured the guitar, maybe a little too much at times. And it was nice to hear that gypsy style live. Alfonso really picked up steam in the second set while the vibist sat out. So it was essentially a trio with a big sound. They really filled the place nicley.
There was a good crowd. Hopefully an indicator of the resurging interest in this style of music.
One thing, though: It didn't appear Alfonso was rest picking. Is he a rest picker? Maybe I just haven't watched enough videos to recognize rest picking and the individual variations.