Biography: Gypsy Roots
In Gypsy jazz, guitar and violin are the primary solo instruments, although clarinet and accordion are also common. The rhythm guitar is played using a distinct percussive technique, "la pompe", that essentially replaces the drums. An upright bass fills out the ensembles. Although many instrumental lineups exist, the most common is one that includes one lead guitar, violin, two rhythm guitars, and bass. The core of Gypsy Roots is made up of Jeff Powell and Thomas Wakefield, both on guitar and Larry Lyles on violin. When the band performs as a quartet, they typically complement the group with the upright bass. Gypsy Roots also incorporates the accordion and a drum for select venues.
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