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"Lead by guitarist Thomas Wakefield, Gypsy Roots is forging an original path in the style called Gypsy jazz. There's a progressive element in Wakefield's compositions that gives the group a sonic signature, which is all important and too often missing." - John Jorgenson, international guitarist/composer

"Gypsy Roots blazes their own path in the Gypsy jazz genre with a strong selection of original compositions and a couple clever renditions of old standards. Guitarist and leader Thomas Wakefield contributes compositions which draw from a wide spectrum influences including flamenco, Latin, swing, and contemporary jazz. In addition to the fresh repertoire, the CD is wonderfully recorded with crystal clear sound quality, an acoustic music lover's dream!" Michael Horowitz – Djangobooks.com

The mélange of musical styles in Gypsy Roots music and their skill in bringing it to their audience would do pioneering French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt proud.” Patricia Jagoda, Manager of Performing Arts and Production, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

“…Gypsy Roots suits the hip, see like tipsy flutes, whimsy and lutes the sound grips me but they’re no mere bruts beating my ear drums in flimsy boots …” Jason Tesauro, Author, The Modern Gentleman and The Modern Lover

“…The explorations on this CD are Rooted deep in Gypsy, and like a Gypsy, the music never makes a home anywhere but where it is at the moment…” Steve Clark, Producer, WCVE Public Radio

“The CD is a very well executed, well recorded, tasteful presentation of music in the Gypsy Jazz style … Thomas Wakefield proves himself to be a talented composer in the Gypsy Jazz genre.” Dan Miller, Editor, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine

“I was mesmerized & transported by your compositions. As musicians, the five of you intricately blend the most beautiful and sometimes unexpected sounds into enchanting music. I’ve never heard music so evocative of imagery and so beautiful.” Carol Adams

"Gypsy Roots provides an excellent contemporary take on a type of music that needs to be preserved so current and future generations can appreciate its creativity and inventiveness. The band members exhibit a vested interest in the history and accuracy of the music and it clearly shows in their playing. They are true artists, great to work with, and very down to earth." Andy Nishida, organizer, Jammin' on the James

 
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