"Jazz is dead", well screw you, Jack Kerouac, you just didn't live long enough to hear Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. Unarguably one of the most original jazz records to come out in recent years, Bird's "Oh! The Grandur" revives the long-passed, string-based "gypsy jazz" of Django Reinhart, a vibrant and lively form of music that has been unfortunatly forgotten. Riding on the shoulder's of dixieland revivalists, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bird furthers the trend with a new set of songs featuring his amazing violin skills and trully bizzare lyrics (songs about lighting people's gradmothers on fire in a candy shop, mental paitents who want to live inside an etch-a-sketch, and a ficticious fruit called "Vidalia" that has super-healing powers!). Just as amazing as his first album, "Thrills", but with better production, "Oh! The Grandur" is an album that even those who are not jazz aficionados will love. Unfortunatly, Mr. Bird has now exchanged his violin for guitar and adopted a more modern-rock sound, so this album and "Thrills" are the only gems he has graced us with, but with Bird's first two albums as well as "The Zippers" and that band's side-projects, We are given a body of work that will hopefully inspire more to follow in the footsteps of these great musicians.