135

Various Artists: Hot Club de France

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Various Artists: Hot Club de France The Hot Club de France was a group of avid European jazz fans who swapped records, organized concerts, and sponsored radio broadcasts overseas. Their enthusiasm for jazz carried well into the sixties and seventies, when most people had moved onto other jazz styles and, later, rock 'n' roll. The organization thus served as a haven for jazz artists who were able to play before eager crowds during the lean years.

This CD compiles the best of the Hot Club live performances and, since the members were dedicated to preserving "hot jazz, it features Dixieland, ragtime, and other early styles. Louis Armstrong is a performer, as is the rarely recorded Willie "The Lion Smith in a couple of beautiful solo recordings. Also featured are several performances by European jazz musicians, who have clearly absorbed the style and approach of their models.

The problem with this record is that it is like an appetizer without a main course. From several decades of performances, this provides an extremely small sampling of what the Hot Club has to offer us. Jazz fans would certainly snap up a box set featuring multiple discs, and this collection, while fine, is only a teaser. The Hot Club de France has an enormous musical legacy that deserves to be explored at greater length, and this single CD doesn't do it justice.


Track Listing: 1. Jean Peron Garvanoff and Francois Melchioro - Scottish Boogie 2. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 3. Wilie Smith - Echoes of Spring 4. Louis Armstrong with Jewel Brown - Georgia On My Mind 5. New Orleans Dippers - I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me 6. Louis Armstrong - Blueberry Hill 7. Bill Coleman and the New Orleans Dippers - Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 8. Memphis Slim - All On One Boogie 9. Willie Smith - Tea For Two 10. New Orleans Dippers - Sweet Lorraine 11. Louis Armstrong with Jewell Brown - Saint Louis Blues 12. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Go Ahead.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Milan Records | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 31, 2016
Read "Dogs" CD/LP/Track Review Dogs
by Doug Collette
Published: February 28, 2016
Read "New Normal" CD/LP/Track Review New Normal
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 7, 2016
Read "Swivel" CD/LP/Track Review Swivel
by Mark Corroto
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "Koan" CD/LP/Track Review Koan
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "Nakedonia" CD/LP/Track Review Nakedonia
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: August 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!