Ranger & the Re-Arrangers

Ranger & the Re-Arrangers

 Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
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Ranger and the Re-Arrangers is one of the hottest and most creative Gypsy jazz bands out there! Following strong reviews on their debut CD in 2006, the band has played 250+ shows in the Pacific Northwest in 4 years. The band released a new CD, "Django's Tiger," in October 2009.

Biography

The music we play, "Gypsy jazz," is named in honor of Django Reinhardt, Europe's acclaimed composer and guitarist. We play great melodies -- some old, some brand new -- vigorously on stringed-instruments. We have a driving rhythm; our hand drummer adds a world feel. We feature two outstanding improvisers on violin and mandolin. It's not "smooth jazz" in any sense, it ROCKS!

Besides Django's compositions, we play tunes from his Gypsy roots; swing jazz standards he recorded; Brazilian choros; "gypsy jazz" classics; and Gypsy-tinged originals by Ranger and other contemporary "gypsy jazz" composers.

Gypsy jazz appeals to audiences of all ages, just like us! Our band has one person each in his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's! Ranger and his dad Mike have been playing swing music together for about a decade. Together they have studied Gypsy jazz around the United States and in Europe. Todd Houghton has written, performed, recorded and produced music since the 1960's; Jeffrey Moose has played hand drums with reggae and rock bands for over 20 years; and Dave Stewart's vibrant mandolin playing is a terrific counterpoint to Ranger's energetic violin style.

Together we have played at over 250 paid events in our first 4 summers together. We released 17 tunes (55 minutes) on our new CD in October 2009. The first reviews are over the top.

Our first CD won acclaim from many reviewers. In February 2007, Victory Review said that "Gypsy Moon is a polished, wholly-thought-out work that puts [Ranger] solidly in the company of the best of the Northwest's formidable 'Django' scene...The young man has arrived." The title track won the April 2007 song contest for Global Rhythm magazine and then was selected as a finalist for an Independent Music Award in the World Music category.

World Rhythm Webzine compared Ranger's "stylistic presence" and his "sense of melody and daring improvisations" to Stephane Grappelli. "Ranger never loses sight of the melody...yet there is enough flair and dare in his improvisations to keep the enthusiast interested and the casual listener comes away with pleasure and not confusion." Ranger's other influences include Stuff Smith and Claude Williams.



Contacts: www. RangerSwings.com
info@RangerSwings.com
206-842-7652

Lyrics

Pulse

Written By: Ranger

Instrumental

Tin Rain

Written By: Ranger Sciacca

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Discography

Gypsy Moon, 2006
7 originals and 7 classic jazz tunes
Django's Tiger, 2009
10 Gypsy jazz songs, 3 originals and 4 songs adapted to the genre.

Set List

We can play hours of Ranger's Gypsy-tinged originals; tons of traditional Gypsy tunes like "Dark Eyes"; swing standards like "Oh Lady Be Good", "After You've Gone," and "Undecided"; Django's compositions like "Minor Swing" and "Douce Ambiance"; modern South American jazz tunes and several recognizable tunes that we play in the Gypsy jazz style, like "Hello Dolly."