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Ranger and the 'Re-Arrangers' host CD release party

Local Gypsy jazz and swing band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” invite the Island to help celebrate the release of their third CD, “Rêverie,” at a CD release party at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Island Center Hall.

The band will perform live versions of all the songs on the album, and copies of the new CD will be available for the first time ever. Admission is free.

The album mixes intriguing gypsy melodies and upbeat swing songs with the band’s original compositions and a few fun covers, including the smooth French ballad “Si Tu Savais,” a sultry bossa nova version of “Besame Mucho,” and ’50s Jazz-Pop hit “Mr. Sandman.”

“We think that Rêverie has our best work yet,” said bandleader Ranger Sciacca. “The sound is clear and crisp, and there is so much variety—some songs are fast and bouncy, some slow and enchanting, and the band plays different instruments to fit those different moods.”

“Gypsy jazz” is named in honor of Django Reinhardt, Europe's acclaimed composer and guitarist. In the 1930s, Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli created the genre by blending their own musical legacies with the new American art form of jazz. Their recordings in the late 1930s brought them international acclaim. Their style, especially the use of acoustic stringed instruments instead of horns, remains vibrant today, and is known around the world as “Gypsy jazz” or “Gypsy swing.”

For more information, visit www.RangerSwings.com or call 206-418-9614.

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