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bohemewarbler wrote: »
Based on what some of the commenters have posted, the instrumentation does matter. I doubt that it's to the point where someone is going to cover their ears and babble "la-la-la-la..." all the through it because I'm betting they can still appreciate the music. Any way you cut it, going electric on guitar in this genre is not the same as it is acoustically and, for some of us, generally less preferred for some of the reasons already stated in this thread.
Some musicians might feel they're breaking the mold by going electric, but we Gypsy Jazzers are already breaking the mold by turning to Gypsy Jazz in the first place. On the other hand, it might just be the best way to be heard in certain situations: ambient noise level, other instrumentation. Personally, I'll stick around for the electric set and will most certainly still enjoy it, but also most likely wishing they had gone acoustic.
I'm not afraid to admit that I don't even listen to the Django Reinhardt recordings where he's gone electric. I've tried. It just doesn't do it for me. Not at present anyway.