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MP3 The Bonaventure Quartet - The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour

Django Reinhardt meets Madeleine Peyroux and The Decemberists in a comic opera about a honky tonk in Paris.

15 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, JAZZ: Gypsy Jazz

“Atlanta''s Bonaventure Quartet offers a fascinating amalgam of classic jazz, western swing, and plenty of originals -all arranged and played with the inspiration of Django Reinhardt."

Michael Dregni,
Vintage Guitar Magazine- August 2005

The Bonaventure Quartet began in 2000 in Atlanta. Originally an all acoustic instrumental trio inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, they kept their ears open for the right vocalist. Shortly thereafter local chanteuse Amy Pike, (one of the best singers out of Atlanta), showed up and ever since that magic moment the group has enjoyed performing and recording original music.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

The Bonaventure Quartet- The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour (Self Released)

Chances are you’ve never heard a band quite like the Bonaventure Quartet. Like the Squirrel Nut Zippers before them, the misnomered sextet is steeped in the old-time jazz your grandparents may well have listened to in their youth. But where that Carolina act tended to serve up Dixieland and Ragtime with a healthy dose of camp, the Bonaventure Quartet tackles Django Reinhardt’s Continental jazz with a warm sense of reverence that reeks of authenticity.

The group began as an acoustic trio, but it’s hard to imagine them being this good without veteran vocalist Amy Pike, former front woman for swing band The Lost Continentals. The orchestral opening of “The March of the Grand Pompadour” showcases guitarist Charles Williams’ (a founding member of Aquarium Rescue Unit) classical compositional influences, but it’s when Pike’s rich vocals intertwine with Williams and Dave Boling’s strummed guitars and Don Erdman’s smooth clarinet on the frisky “The World’s Greatest Lover” that the album really comes alive. “The Scene Of You” proves the band can deliver a torch ballad with just as much personality as their swing, with Pike lamenting, “What can I say, you had it coming/What with the way you ran around/And who in the world could blame this sweet little girl/Besides, I didn’t leave any clues at the scene of you.”

And so it goes throughout this fantastic 15-track LP, moving from gypsy-style jazz (“The Heat Below”) and Argentinian tango (“Moonlight Falling”) to klezmer influences (“Ou Est Pepe Lopez”) and sultry blues (“Lily’s On The Prowl”) with equal aplomb. Since each of these seasoned veterans seems to have their own side gigs, I’m guessing the Bonaventure Quartet doesn’t play out all that often. Which makes it all the more essential for jazz fans to catch them when they do. – BRET LOVE
Georgia Music Magazine, Spring Issue 2008 and INsite''s April issue, 2008

"The Bonaventure Quartet gives a breath of fresh air to classic jazz and swing sensibilities with a strong but elegant Gypsy flare. Django Reinhardt worship with a touch of camp gives BVQ''s blend of ballroom jazz a subtle sense of humor"
Creative Loafing, May 2008:

The Atlanta Journal/Constitution May22 2008: "With the sultry, silky voice of former Lost Continentals front woman Amy Pike and the gypsy-jazz flavored guitar of Charles Williams, Bonaventure is a marvelous melting pot. They add Southern sass to the smokey jazz of Parisian cabarets between the world wars on their new album, "the Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour". -Shane Harrison.
The Atlanta Journal/Constitution May 22 2008

The Players:

Charles Williams- The guitar soloist and writer with the BVQ was a founding member and guitarist for the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton. He was the writer of several songs for the band''s two Capricorn releases, the first of which received a five star review in Rolling Stone magazine. Two of those songs were performed regularly on the Jay Leno show for over two years. The Aquarium Rescue Unit was a progenitor of the 90''s wave of jambands. Alumni of the band include Jimmy Herring, now with The Dead and Phil and Friends, Otiel Burbridge of the Allman Brothers and Jeff Sipe of the Susan Tedeschi band, Keller Williams and Trey Anastastio.

Amy Pike- Amy is well known in Atlanta for her sultry singing style. Her group, The Lost Continentals, were hugely popular in the Southeast and songs from their Landslide Records'' release, Moonshine and Martinis have played on national radio as well as being utilized in network television commercials. Amy has garnered, to date, a total of eleven Best of Atlanta awards for her musical outings. Basically, she rocks.

David Boling-Rounding out the sound of the BVQ with his strong rhythm playing, Dave is also known for his ukulele stylings with local Atlanta Hawaiian group Tongo Hiti..

Mark Bynum- On acoustic bass, is also no stranger to the Atlanta music scene. He has played with too many Atlanta notables to list, but it includes Col Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners, Blueground Undergrass, Kingsized, and he is a regular performer at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater and other performance groups.

Don Erdman-Don plays clarinet and sax with us and we''re really happy about that...He gets called to back up the likes of Nancy Wilson and other ''name'' people when they come through town...

Marla Feeney-has played violin/saxophone/clarinet all over the country in shows and theaters groups and is equally at home in jazz, classical bluegrass, celtic-you name it and Marla can play it. (One exception: poker. She’s just too honest to bluff).

People who are interested in Django Reinhardt The Decemberists Madeleine Peyroux should consider this download.
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