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Hot Club Of Detroit: Junction

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When the Hot Club Of Detroit's journey began, they followed the road that guitarist Django Reinhardt laid before them. They traveled the highways and byways of so-called “Gypsy Jazz," walking in the footsteps of their forefathers while picking up and exhibiting other influences and sounds along the way, and eventually reached a crossroad. Rather than choose a single path, the group decided to try them all out and Junction is the artistic byproduct of that decision.Personnel adjustments, whether born of sad circumstances or the positive power of choice, are responsible for a good deal of the shake-up in ...

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Hot Club of Detroit: It's About That Time

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This is the year of “gypsy jazz." Around the world, the 100th birthday of Django Reinhardt, legendary Gypsy guitarist, is being celebrated with festivals and concerts.

At this centennial time, the Hot Club of Detroit's It's About That Time is firmly in the tradition of Reinhardt's Hot Club of France, his legendary quintet from the1930s. This follows the Detroit group's 2008 self-titled release, but goes further beyond gypsy genre-related tunes with arrangements that incorporate the influences of greats from Duke Ellington and Pat Martino to Chopin. A partial look at the play list reveals its eclecticism: “Duke and Dukie," Joe ...

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Hot Club of Detroit: Night Town

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The Hot Club of Detroit will without a doubt soon be among the most popular bands playing in the gypsy tradition of jazz manouche. Django Reinhardt's band, the Hot Club de France, first brought the fiery, flamenco-infused sound to the realm of jazz. In homage to and elaboration of the tradition, the HCOD presents its sophomore release, Night Town. Despite the referential name, the Hot Club of Detroit doesn't just follow Reinhardt's footsteps. This quintet's sound is bright and clean: in a style that prizes speed and rhythmic dexterity, the HCOD sounds like it's flying high and ...

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Hot Club of Detroit: Night Town

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The Hot Club of Detroit's Night Town is a tour de force full of hard-swinging, toe-tapping arrangements of gypsy jazz standards and original compositions penned by members of the ensemble. Having won four Detroit Music Awards, Shannon Wade (bass), Carl Cafagna (clarinet), Evan Perri (guitar), Julien Labro (accordion) and Paul Brady (guitar) are setting their sites on the national and international scene, and Night Town is the perfect vehicle for the HCOD to broaden and expand its audience. While the ensemble was originally formed to perform traditional gypsy jazz-influenced music, at which it is more than adept, Night ...

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Hot Club of Detroit: Night Town

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The Hot Club of Detroit is one of many bands that have been inspired by the work of Django Reinhardt with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, though leader and guitarist Evan Perri's group omits the violin, instead utilizing accordion and saxophone. Yet the band's second CD doesn't exclusively stick to Gypsy jazz and swing, also delving into early jazz, bop and post-bop, along with Perri's compositions. The spirit of Django is very much alive in their playful arrangement of “I Want to Be Happy," with Carl Cafagna's potent tenor and Jullen Labro's playful accordion ...



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