The Red Rock Hot Club is a Hot Jazz Swing Group out of Salt Lake City Utah. Formed by bandleader Rich D'aigle in 1999, the band plays real deal Gypsy Jazz Ala Django Reinhardt.
Here is what Django Biographer and Gypsy Jazz Authority Michael Dregni has to say about their new CD "Gypsy Daydream" in the June 09' issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Red Rock Hot Club
The Red Rock Hot Club is based in Salt Lake City but inspired by Paris. And this album of Gypsy Jazz is the real deal.
The quintet is an intriguing blend of Django Reinhardt’s early Hot Club Jazz with his war-era swing music, inspired respectively by the American Jazz of Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman. Led by Rich D’aigle the band blends the the violin of Dan Salini playing Stephane Grappelli’s role with the Clarinet of John Flanders taking Hubert Rostaing’s place. The group is filled out by guitarist Pat Terry and Bassman Scott Terry. With both violin and clarinet melding with the strings, the band boasts a full rich, full sound.
The setlist here is pretty true to the Django Songbook,with the addition of a couple of D’aigle originals “After You’ve Gone” steps spritely into Django’s ”Nuages” moving into “J’Attendrai” and more standards and classics.
But it’s the style with which they swing their music that lifts the Red Rock Hot Club above the ordinary. On cuts like Eddie Durham’s “Topsy”, The band rides the melody with abandon, charging into inspired improvisations, and trading eights that are truly Hot.
- Michael Dregni