Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
292

The Hot Club of San Francisco: Postcards from Gypsyland

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count Views
The Hot Club of San Francisco: Postcards from Gypsyland With their ninth CD release, the Hot Club of San Francisco brings a contemporary, acoustic, all-string jazz band to the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Theirs is a pleasant outing, performed with brilliant musicianship and built around a theme of romantic passion.

Reinhardt's memorable "Nuages" is given lyrics and dressed up in sensual attire. Like most of the program, this familiar anthem pours gently from the heart without having to bring overt emotions into the formula. The music sinks in gently and casts a soothing cloud over the room. Violin, bass, and guitars swing lightly with laid back enthusiasm. The use of melodica to emulate an accordion's cultural ties brings this swing band even closer to the original.

Evan Price, of the Turtle Island String Quartet, leads with an excellent violin performance. Guitarist Paul Mehling and bassist Ari Munkres add significant voices to the band's musical interpretations. Their performance has a calming effect that lasts. Even the ensemble's brighter, up-tempo swingers, such as "Lover's Lead" and "Jonesin'," can leave you feeling completely relaxed and ready for bed. They've honored the memory of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, while keeping cool in the shade of some countryside corner that's far removed from the hustle and bustle of urban life.


Track Listing: Not So Fast; Spivy; La Gitane; Waltz una Nota; Alle Prese con una Verde Milonga; Lover's Lead; Rimes; Jonesin'; Theme from Gypsyland (Nuages); Pavane pour une Infante Defunte; Song of India; Melodie au Crepuscule; Manoir de Mes Reves.

Personnel: Paul Mehling- guitar, baritone guitar; Evan Price- violin, baritone violin, viola, saw; Olivier Manchon- violin, melodica; Sammo Miltich, Josh Workman- guitar; Ari Munkres- bass; Guests: Adam Levy- electric guitar on "Melodie au Crepuscule;" Sylvia Herold, Barbara Linn Powell, Steven Strauss, Tony Marcus- vocals on "Theme from Gypsyland (Nuages);" Clint Baker- bass on "Spivy."

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Lost Wax Music | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Hot Club Cool Yule
Hot Club Cool Yule
Azica Records
2009
buy
Bohemian Maestro: Django Reinhardt and the Impressionists
Bohemian Maestro:...
Azica Records
2009
buy
Postcards from Gypsyland
Postcards from...
Lost Wax Music
2005
buy
Hot Club Of Detroit Hot Club Of Detroit
band/orchestra
Leon Redbone Leon Redbone
guitar, acoustic
Benny Waters Benny Waters
saxophone
Angelo Debarre Angelo Debarre
guitar, acoustic

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.