All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

453

Hot Club of Detroit: Night Town

Matthew Warnock By

Sign in to view read count
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 Town also showcases its ability to perform in other genres such as bebop and hard bop. One of the highlights of the album is the group's arrangement of the Miles Davis/Victor Feldman classic, "Seven Steps to Heaven." It may seem like a bold choice for a band without a drummer or percussionist, but the combination of Brady's strong, rhythmic guitar work, Labro's intricate comping patterns and the group's tight performance during the melody section breathes new life into this often-covered tune.

The HCOD also showcases its ability to perform in Latin and Brazilian styles on "Coquette," "Night Town" and "Two Weeks." Perri and Cafagna shine in their improvisations on these tunes. Far from being one-trick ponies, these musicians can step between several musical genres and situations with the greatest of ease. These changes in pace, from the gypsy-style tunes for which the group is largely known, help prevent the album from becoming stale, which in turn make the swing and gypsy tunes stand out that much more.

The HCOD is at its very best throughout this recording. Whether it's on a gypsy, bossa, tango or swing tune, the group dynamic is always present and the arrangements are extremely tight. With catchy melodies, finger-snapping grooves and hard-driving improvisations, Night Town is an album of the highest quality, both musically and intellectually.

Track Listing: I Want to Be Happy; J'Attendrai; Valse a Rosenthal; Seven Steps to Heaven; Speevy; Coquette; Sweet Substitute; Blues Up and Down; Pour Parler; Melodie au Crepuscule; Two Weeks; Tzigane; Django's Monkey; Night Town; Swing 05.

Personnel: Shannon Wade: bass; Carl Cafagna: woodwinds; Evan Perri: guitar; Julien Labro: accordion; Paul Brady: guitar.

Title: Night Town | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Mack Avenue Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Puck Bunny

Puck Bunny

Hot Club Of Detroit
Junction

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Junction

Junction

Mack Avenue Records
2012

buy
It's  About That Time

It's About That Time

Mack Avenue Records
2010

buy
 

It's About That Time

Creative Sources
2010

buy
Night Town

Night Town

Mack Avenue Records
2009

buy
Night Town

Night Town

Mack Avenue Records
2008

buy

Related Articles

Read Murals CD/LP/Track Review
Murals
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 20, 2018
Read Cosmic Language CD/LP/Track Review
Cosmic Language
by Chris May
Published: May 20, 2018
Read More Songs About Error And Shame CD/LP/Track Review
More Songs About Error And Shame
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: May 20, 2018
Read Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley CD/LP/Track Review
Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 20, 2018
Read Earth CD/LP/Track Review
Earth
by Chris May
Published: May 20, 2018
Read Vegir CD/LP/Track Review
Vegir
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 19, 2018
Read "The Falling Dream" CD/LP/Track Review The Falling Dream
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 2, 2018
Read "The Way of It" CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read "Earth" CD/LP/Track Review Earth
by Chris May
Published: May 20, 2018
Read "Parts Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review Parts Unknown
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 25, 2017
Read "Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim" CD/LP/Track Review Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim
by Kevin Press
Published: February 19, 2018
Read "Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: December 9, 2017