One Leg Up plays Gypsy jazz with conviction. On the sextet's debut Gypsy Blue (Minor Swing Records), the solos come fast and furious from their two solo guitarists, violinist, and clarinetist. This adds up to an interesting and varied voice from the devoted band on covers of Django melodies, American jazz standards, and hot Latin pieces such as a rollicking "Tico Tico." - MD

Vintage Guitar Magazine, August 2005, Vol. 19 No. 10



"One Leg Up is a ticket back in time to 1930s Paris and the glory years of Django Reinhardt. Listening to their music, you can taste the red wine, relish the glamour of the City of Lights, and feel the deep vibe of Gypsy jazz. Vas-y! Vas-y!"

Michael Dregni, Author of DJANGO: the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend

 

 

"One Leg Up's originality also stems from the group being "collective stars". Like an astute big band, One Leg Up's musicians are equally luminescent. At any moment a violin, guitar, or clarinet would take center stage, creating a stir...Also, the twin guitars of John Stineman and Jim Tanner revamped those bygone Django chords first strummed in pre-WWII Parisian clubs. And they can sing!...Guitarist John Stineman delicately rendered the ode of patient love "Exactly Like You". My only complaint was having to leave."

Hunter Pope, reviewer for MOUNTAIN EXPRESS, Asheville, NC