Record Review: Ken Allday — Some Originals, Some Django

Ken Allday is a versatile guitarist in several local bands including Curio Key Club, but his true love is gypsy jazz. Since Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt pioneered the genre, preserving gypsy jazz has evolved into something like an international cult. Allday’s Some Originals, Some Django is steeped in that tradition, while offering a vision of his own style, featuring a quintet. Covers of Reinhardt’s “Tiger Rag” and “All of Me” are his own arrangements — fresh, energetic takes. “The Beach” lacks the swing of the other originals with its drifting melodies, but it’s another place where Allday excels. —Lara Kinne