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Bigger isn't necessarily better, but there's no denying that the expanded line-up of the nonet is a format that adds new nuances to the Argentinian trumpeter Mariano Loiacono.
Loiacono is one of the mainstays on Justo Lo Prete's Rivorecords and has previously released the excellent What's New? (Rivorecords, 2011) and Warm Valley (Rivorecords, 2011). Hot House is a radical departure from the chamber-like setting and warm flugelhorn-sound of the latter and instead elaborates on the brassy bop-punch of What's New?
's "Chelsea Bridge" played in fresh arrangements. There's also room for an original composition from Loiacono, whose "Friday Blues" is a vibrant blowing tune that isn't as sad as the title might suggest.
Hot House is basically about the joy of playing, which is underlined by the bubbling playfulness in the reading of Thelonious Monk