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Gypsy jazz has had a resurgence of late with Hot Club bands and Django Reinhardt-style guitar strummers and pickers popping up in major cities world-wide. Philadelphia boasts one of the hottest of these bands Hot Club of Philadelphia
Wahrhaftig is a master at his craft. Playing on a reproduction of Django's Manouche guitar manufactured by English guitar maker Belleville, he glides seamlessly along the fret board making his playing seem effortless. Yet playing that many notes in a measure is anything but effortless; rather it is the mark of an experienced, well-practiced and well-studied musician who has a deep love for this music.
's beautiful, clear voice on the standards "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Nature Boy," and the title song "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams." The Reinhardt tune "Nuages" is passionately sung by Phyllis Chapell
, Wahrhaftig ends the CD with a beautiful solo of the standard "While We Were Young." based on a Montgomery arrangement. It is a fitting ending to a highly listenable CD highlighting multiple talented musicians from the Philadelphia jazz scene.
Track Listing: Song d’Automne; Exactly Like You; La Gitane; Someone to Watch Over Me;
Tchavolo Swing; Nuages; Nature Boy; You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To;
Chez Jacquet; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; While We’re Young
Personnel: Joe Ellis, guitar; Bob Butryn, clarinet; Jim Stager, bass; Barry
Wahrhaftig, guitar; Joe Arnold, violin; John Matulis, accordion,
Howard Alden, guitar; Denise King, vocals; Alex Siniavski, guitar; Phyllis Chapell, vocals; Rick Yescalis,
guitar; Carlos Rubio, flamenco guitar; Bob Butryn, flute; George
Manney, conga; Stan Slotter, trumpet; Dave Cianci, trombone