Your favourite Gypsy jazz mandolin tunes?

simplygoodmusicsimplygoodmusic Rome, ItalyNew
edited April 2008 in Mandolin Posts: 81
Which gypsy jazz tunes have you found work best for mandolin?
Not all tunes, IMO, are suited for that mando voice. I don’t think I’d wanna give Django’s tiger a shot, but other tunes work perfectly.
Personally I found the following to be great-

Lulu Swing
Dark Eyes

And you?


  • KlezmorimKlezmorim South Carolina, USANew
    Posts: 160
    Some of my earliest exposure to GJ was from listening to David Grisman's mando interpretations of Django's tunes, including:

    Minor Swing (recorded once with Grappelli and another time with Svend Asmussen)
    Swing 42
    Sweet Georgia Brown

    If you don't already have a copy of Grisman and Grappelli's "Live" recording from September 1979, check it out:

  • guitarnowskiguitarnowski Peru, ILNew Gitane, etc., etc.,
    Posts: 37
    I've been adding some mando to my primarily guitar-based music making, and most of it is David Grisman's fault.

    I dig it a bunch when it swings.

    If you're hip to the world of bit-torrent downloading of live shows of trader-friendly bands (of which David Grisman is one), you can find a couple Grisman/Grapelli shows at these places: (need to register to download) (You'll need to set up a log-in name here to even browse)

    All three of these sites adhere STRICTLY to only offering the music of bands who don't object to their music being torrented.

    There are more sites, of course. These are just the ones I frequent.
  • jmcgannjmcgann Boston MA USANew
    Posts: 134
    Actually, i think all of the GJ repertoire works fine for mandolin. If it works for fiddle , it stands to reason it would work for mando, YMMV.

    Playing actual Django solos would be something else though- they are playable on mandolin once you get the ranges sorted out, but the effect of the lines are very different, since Django is truly "a composer who happened to play guitar"- the lines are very "guitaristic" and don't lie as naturally in other tunings or on other instruments...but having said that, I think music is music. I steal from all instruments for the mandolin :twisted:

    I've never heard Django play a note without commitment.
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