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For its second album, the Hot Club Quartette continues exploring the music of the legendary Quartette du Hot Club de France, led by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. 2002's Volume 1 managed to evoke a sturdy presentation of that group. It consisted of originals and the songbook of Reinhardt & Grappelli, in addition to standards that were associated with the Hot Club.
These fourteen selections consist of the same combination of both ballads and swing tunes in about equal proportion. Guitarist Billy Steele contributes four originals and violinist Benny Brydern supplies two tunes. In addition, vocalist Marie MacGillis appears on "Don't Worry About Me" and cornetist Corey Gemme guests on "Woodinville."
Hayman-Green's "Out of Nowhere," S. Brooks' "Some of These Days" and the Bloom-Koehler tune "Don't Worry About Me" are all familiar tunes from the Hot Club de France songbook and are faithfully rendered here. Three Reinhardt-associated compositions, "Viper's Dream," "Douce Ambiance," and "Sweet Chorus," are also given an airing. Among the original tunes, "Rio Margarita" provides a solo guitar opportunity for Billy Steele.
Inasmuch as the Hot Club Quartette seeks to keep alive the spirit of a group which began in pre-war Europe, the success of this album cannot be measured by comparing Mssrs. Bryden and Steele to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Rather, to the credit of the Los Angeles-based group, the gestalt of Volume 2 favorably compares to the work of other current organizations like the Rosenberg Brothers, Bireli Lagrene, and Hot Club de Norege in keeping the flame burning.
Track Listing: Ravello, Out Of Nowhere, Viper's Dream, Josette, Blues En Mineur, Don't Worry About Me, Someday, Rio Margarita, El Zopilote Majado, Douce Ambiance, Woodinville, Some of These Days, Sweet Chorus, Travel On.
Personnel: Billy Steele, guitar; Benny Brydern, violin, piano; Dave Jones, bass; Tom Marion, guitar, mandocello; Marie MacGillis,vocal(Don't Worry About Me); Corey Gemme, cornet (Woodinville).
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...