The World Of Art - The Bonaventure Quartet

from the album Lost And Found At The Clermont Lounge (2013)

Once upon a time, I played bass guitar for some country-rockabilly hipsters who rambled around the southeastern United States.  During those days, The Star Bar in Atlanta, Georgia stood at the center of the "redneck underground" as the premier venue to catch great music stretching from raucous rockabilly to retro lounge to western swing.

One Saturday night, we were opening a Star Bar show for The Lost Continentals.  They were largely considered the best act in town.  Around 6pm, we unloaded our gear and did our soundcheck. Aside from the staff, there were a handful of musicians hanging out at the bar.  This included the headliner's frontwoman, Amy Pike.

We began playing the Dinah Washington classic Evil Gal Blues.  By the end of the first verse, Amy Pike stood up and began swaying her hips from side to side, singing along.  You could tell she was digging' it.

Afterwards, she came up to me and complimented our band.  Coming from her, it was high praise.  We chatted for a bit and I became enchanted.  She was genuine, pretty, and had a great sense of humor.  It is refreshing to find someone so talented and so sweet.

Tonight, I am headed to Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia to see Amy perform with her new band, The Bonaventure Quartet.  Their music is a fresh take on gypsy jazz (think Django Reinhardt), complete with guitars, fiddle, bass fiddle, drums, accordion, clarinet, and trumpet.  It all comes together magnificently and I can't wait to catch the show.  I am also looking to better understand how an eight piece band qualifies as a quartet.

I've been checking out the band's music in advance of the show and have been particularly digging' The World Of Art.  It has the feel of a 40's jazz tune, with a latin rhythm.  The band is tight with an accordion track that might put you in a Paris cafĂ©.  Meanwhile, Amy Pike's glorious voice sounds as beautiful as ever.

Do yourself a favor and check out her voice and this exquisite band.  If you dig great music, you will dig them.

Click Here to listen to a segment of The World Of Art from the 7Digital website.