“Extraordinary jazz…many positive comments on the beauty of the music
your trio was instrumental in creating an enjoyable atmosphere which lead to the success of the event.”
Joy Peterson Hubler,, Hubler Family Business Consultants
"We enjoyed your music and you were a pleasure to work with...
It was a beautiful evening along the waterfront and your music was a perfect match."
Roxanne Wightman, Director of Movies &, Music on the Waterfront,, Stillwater MN
“Your quartet’s lively, smooth and beautiful music rivaled our Arboretum flowers.
I cannot tell you enough how much we all enjoyed your music.”
Ashley Fox, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
"Gypsy Mania did a great job."
Jessica Loucks,, Hennepin Government Center director
The new self-titled CD, Gypsy Mania “Hot Club” Swing Jazz (2009), offers spontaneous, vivid performances by some of Minnesota’s most stellar jazz soloists in the Django Reinhardt tradition and includes originals guitarist Reynold Philipsek and bandleader-guitarist Glen Helgeson. This uncommon Gypsy Jazz compendium is a tune-packed and welcome addition to any “Hot Club” collection.
The prodigious and diverse stylistic pens of Philipsek and Helgeson bring new material to the band’s repertoire, adding a broader stylistic palate to the Django “Hot Club” tradition of the 1930s.
Track #1 Butterfly, an original by guitarist and band member Reynold Philipsek, sets the tone for the album with a musette in a quirky rhythm with and haunting melody that has become an endeared audience favorite.
Tracks #2 picks up the pace with Philipsek’s driving East Hennepin.
Track #4 Blues De Paris combines the musical styles of French gypsy and American blues-jazz. Shulte’s violin shares the melodic spotlight nicely with the guitar and delivers virtuosic violin solos throughout the CD.
Track #7 Bar Del Pie offers an unexpected Latin Bolero featuring savvy percussion by special guest Michael Bissonnette.