I am new to this genre. After listening for a few months to the great modern day Gypsy style players like Birelli, Stochelo and Angelo, among other great players, and then listening to Django himself, on record, I have come to the conclusion that the modern day players can play circles around Django, technically. Of course he set the style. At least I think so. It seems to me that Django,s music is meant for dancing. I really don't hear in Django's playing that extreme virtuosic speed exhibited in Birelli Lagrene, Jimmy Rosenberg, etc. Django seems to me to be more concerned with playing "nice" dance music.
I am asking two things here. 1 - is Django the first player in this style and who were his contemporaries?
2. How did this style of music develop to todays super virtuosic picking and super hot, flashy technique?
Thanks everyone. I am just trying to understand this music.