Hot Club of Hulaville violinist Duane Padilla echos the golden age of Stephane Grappelli
, by way of Joe Venuti
. Sentimental Swing
presents nothing new and breaks no revolutionary jazz ground, being made up of ten well-worn jazz standards, presented in a violin-piano-bass trio format. Was all this necessary? Perhaps not, but Padilla does put a pleasant retro spin on some old classics, showing why it is important to recall the past when considering the present.
Padilla opens the disc with an attention-grabbing "How High The Moon," composed by Nancy Hamilton and Morgan Lewis for the 1940 Broadway show Two for the Show
, which has served as an important jazz standard in its own right and as a springboard for Charlie Parker
's re-composition in "Ornithology."
Padilla plays the song straight, introducing the melody at half-time before gaining swing traction into the familiar foxtrot. Padilla and pianist Tennyson Stephens spar during the theme before carrying the contest to a higher level of invention in the solo sections. Contemporaneous soloing by these two players recalls the same Dixieland practice with more sophisticated material.