The Maui News
Here's a short excerpt from a recent article about Willie K in the Maui News. I'm really excited to be a part of Willie's weekly Maui show!
Ably assisting this Hawaiian master are longtime bassist Jerry Byers and drummer Kris Thomas, joined by keyboardist Alika Nako’oka, and for the Waikapu gig, the addition of guitarist Tom Conway.
An exceptional guitarist, Conway has toured on the Mainland in recent years with Willie Nelson, even appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with the country icon. And, as he’s got the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt down, this adds another musical tangent for Willie to explore.
“It’s an inspiration when you see our local talent playing with the big wigs, going on tour with Willie Nelson,” says Willie of Conway. “He’s one of our musical ohana that keeps this island thriving as far as entertainment. It was an opportunity to strengthen the Warehouse Blues Band and add a little more class to it. He’s really happy because he never gets a chance to really explode on Maui with an electric guitar.”
So what’s it like having another lead guitarist on board?
“That monkey has flown away from my back,” he says laughing. “It feels so good to have someone I can count on to carry the show when I’m talking, or singing or dancing.”
Pride of Maui
Check out the link: Top 10 Musicians on Maui
Here's an article in MauiTime weekly. Click link below for full text.
Vintage Guitar Magazine (Nov 2012)
"The title song establishes Conway’s credentials as a Hoku Award-worthy rocker"
Vintage Guitar Magazine (Nov, 2010 issue)
"Tom Conway's latest batch of acoustic jazz is stylish and inspired, his guitar leading the way with virtuosic swing".
Maui News article: August 5, 2010
"One of the first bands to grab my attention on Maui was the band Gypsy Pacific. I have been a fan of Django Reinhardt since I first heard him & Stephane Grapelli with the Hot Club Band from France. Tom Conway and his band play Django's music right along side the other great Django bands - they can hold their own...and more! I know Django would be proud that his music is so elegantly presented on the island of Maui & now for the rest of the world. Tom Conway's "No Fixed Address" is a great CD."
Linda Banks - May 13, 2010
"Tom Conway’s furious guitar playing is brilliant, and his fellow musicians are as talented and as engaged in the music as Tom is. You don’t have to know anything about Reinhardt, the Hot Club of France or gypsy jazz to be blown away by this album"
(Click here for full review)
Click the link above for the entire review by one of the leading gypsy jazz writers in France. This review is in French!
Jorge Strunz - Strunz & Farah
"On his new CD, Tom Conway once again exhibits a virtuosic command of the Gypsy Jazz medium, while at the same time adding new interest to the genre through his 13 original compositions, thereby expanding the idiom's possibilities. Some great guitar work!"
Pat Simmons - Doobie Brothers
"This is such an exciting, inspiring collection, you want to hear it again and again. From the amazing rising and falling arpeggios, to the sly wit of the arrangements and compositions Tommy Conway and his band have nailed it again. A must for lovers of the guitar and gypsy music".
Dave Russell - 3x Grammy Award winning engineer for Steely Dan
"Tom Conway's well crafted guitar work and original compositions in "No Fixed Address" ranks from incredible to outrageous. The band and guitarist's explosive energy will take the imagination through past and present, traveling to mystical forests, through the streets of Dublin, and back around the world to the tropical paradise of Maui. It was a real joy to be part of this unique record, performed by such talented musicians".
John Jorgenson - Jan 9, 2009
(Elton John, Hellecasters)
"...you are clearly on a path with your music! It is energetic, well played and recorded and original which is difficult in the Gypsy Jazz context. Congratulations to you on a project well done, I wish you all the success in the world for it".
Vintage Guitar Magazine
"One of the hottest Hot Club-style bands in the US"
"A homer from left field - a different discovery for the discriminating jazz fan"
"Up onstage, four string players who had clearly paid their dues burned through a Jazz Age swing set worthy of the Hot Club of France. Somewhere, Django's ghost was smiling."
Etudes Tsiganes (France)
"What strikes right away is the energy and the enthusiasm of the trio"
Hot Club News (Germany)
"What a discovery!"
Partial review of Gypsy Pacific concert at the historic Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.
"Gypsy Pacific recreated the guitar and violin sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, featuring incredible double-time guitar picking by group leader Tom Conway".
"No Fixed Address"
The outlook: Conway has the smarts to juxtapose imagery and nuance in his music; anything can be of a particular place if you simply listen and imagine. His guitar solos and the presence of the fiddle yield a unique, percolating sound.
Our take: A CD worth seeking out, for its instrumentation and its quest to be different.