|Yussi & Django, a L.A.-based guitar
that blends Spanish and Middle Eastern guitar melodies with powerful
Latin rhythm, exhibit their fiery improvisation and gypsy guitar style
on the CD Bandidos de Amor (XDOT25). Composed entirely by Illinois-born
Django Porter and his Swiss partner, Yussi Wenger, Bandidos de Amor is a
great sample of said young guitarists' world beat instrumental style,
enhanced by the support of bass, drums, Cuban and Middle Eastern
-Latin Beat Magazine, October 96'
|Yussi & Django is a guitar
duo backed up by bass and percussion who blend Spanish and Middle
Eastern guitar melodies with powerful Latin rhythms on their debut
XDOT25 release, Arroyo Seco (PM 1004). Their exotic style of
instrumental music is spiced with fiery improvisation in the tradition
of Eastern Europe Gypsy Spanish Flamenco players.
Yussi performed as the guitarist on the critically acclaimed album Beyond Denial by Los Angeles-based group Axiom of Choice (PM 1002). Yussi & Django have been performing in the Los Angeles area since 1991 and both have studied guitar with Jorge Strunz (Strunz and Farah)
-NAIRD Notes, September 95'
|Beyond great, five stars! I've
listened to lots of exotic guitar playing over the years but Yussi is
the best. El Pirata surpassed what I thought was the greatest listening
album of all time, Yussi & Djanjo's Bandidos de Amor
-Amazon.com; October 31, 1999
Reviewer: Pete Saloutos (email@example.com)
|Excellent, Passionate, Yussi
is my favorite!!, five stars! Yussi is the best! He's like a sweet devil
when he plays his music. You must buy this CD. He has sole and alot of
drive in his flamenco style. there's nobody else out there like him!!!
-Amazon.com; October 12, 1999
Reviewer: Susan Rey
|Superior guitar work, five
stars. im a 23 year old showgirl and im amazed by the beautyful music
this guy yussi created.He plays that guitar so sensual and masterfully.I
tell all my friends about El Pirata.
-Amazon.com; July 7, 1999
Reviewer: Music fan from NY
|Guitarslingers, five stars. I
recently found out about L.A based group Yussi & Django.I'm glad i
did.I can't understand why they are not signed a big Label yet. I wish i
could play guitar like they do.For someone that likes Strunz &
Farah,Jesse Cook or Ottmar Liebert,this is a fresh and young
alternative.Yussi & Django are very creative and exact in their
playing and both shred and have chops to burn.There is fast playing but
also a lot of gritty middle eastern guitar stuff going on.Odd meter
rhythms and south american elements .They sound like Gipsies.
-Amazon.com; November 28, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan from L.A CA
|Yussi's fiery , majestic
nylon-string guitar work highlights
"Sambenco" while Daryl S. 's lurid violin opens "Gipsy Serenade" before yussi follows the accelerating tempo and whips it into a frenzy.
-Alternative Music Press (on Jim Mc Grath's Passport)
|Great new album, five stars! El Pirata seems to be Yussi's
first solo record.I hope there will be more.I can relax to it but also
get excited about the playing. This record is better than most of it's
genre.I hear strong central-american and middle-eastern influences.A
must for all spanish guitar freaks.I'd like to see this guy play
live.There is accordeon and trumpet to be heard,also yussi plays
mandolin, so it never gets boring.The first 5 songs are my favorites.I'm
looking foreward to the next release.
-Amazon.com; November 28, 2000
|Buy it! Four stars. I use this
cd to teach stage movement for actors, and students constantly ask me
who this great duo is!!!! I highly recommend it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Amazon.com; September 5, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from L.A. CA
|2 Years and still one of my
favorites, four stars! Great Instrumental Album! Yussi & Django are
accompanied by several talented musicians from the Los Angeles area.
This young duo provides some amazing solos but mostly work together as a
team. Great dueling guitars. I have turned at least 4 other people on to
this album. It soothes; it rocks, and leaves you thinking, "how
does he do that"? I play it all the time a nobody has ever yanked
it out of the CD player in search of something else. Did I mention I am
7ft. tall and weigh 300 lbs.? Kidding. The average Joe has a 65% chance
of keeping it (which isn't bad) while a rounded music lover, collector
or practitioner (which is most of us) will more than likely keep it and
inflict it on their friends! It's a good buy. If I had to drive across
country and back and only take 10 CD's out of my collection of 300 this
would definitely go with me. I guess that says a lot P.S. This is no
honeymoon phase with this album. I've dragging this disc from my car to
the house to work and to my friends' house for over two years and have
had to replace it once after it "mysteriously" disappeared.
It's pure. It's energy. You'll like it.
-Amazon.com; October 19, 1998
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