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Hot Club of Philadelphia: Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (2014)

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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
Hot Club of Philadelphia
Hot Club of Philadelphia
b.1955
guitar, acoustic
. More than a Django cover band, this group adds a gypsy twist to a multitude of tunes including those from the Great American Songbook on their CD Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams.

Led by a master of the genre, guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, this band pulls from many talented Philadelphia area musicians including Joe Ellis playing pleasing percussive guitar rhythms behind Wahrhaftig's blazing notes. Joe Arnold
Joe Arnold
b.1973
drums
on violin and Bob Butryn on clarinet round out the gypsy style with Jim Stager's bass keeping time.

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.

Highlights on this CD include Denise King
Denise King
Denise King

vocalist
'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
Phyllis Chapell
Phyllis Chapell

vocalist
and the band faithfully waltzes through Reinhardt's "Chez Jacquet."

In a tribute to one of his guitar heroes,Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
, 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

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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