Hank Marvin Gyspy Jazz

Hank Marvin and Django Reinhardt have something in common. Just as Reinhardt was the first non-American to be a true jazz innovator with his Gypsy swing, Marvin (with the Shadows) was the first non-American guitar hero in rock’s early days, becoming a role model for the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Now Marvin, a Perth resident for three decades, has reinvented himself as a Reinhardt disciple.

The band sound was distinctive, too, thanks to Nunzio Mondia’s virtuoso accordion playing. Although accordions have become common in Gypsy swing circles, Mondia loaded the music with flighty atmospherics and modernist abstractions as well as working within the swinging and lyrical vernacular.