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Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

by Hot Club of Philadelphia

Soulful & fun, swing beat with exotic Gypsy heat. Accessable & melodic and very relaxing. Features guest Howard Alden. Includes DVD W/interviews & fottage of band in studio.
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. Songe d'Automne
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2. Exactly Like You
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3. La Gitane
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4. Someone To Watch Over Me
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5. Tchavolo Swing
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6. It's the Bluest Kind of Blues - Nuages
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7. Nature Boy
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8. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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9. Chez Jacquet
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10. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
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11. While We're Young
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Album Notes
" The Hot Club of Philadelphia,
taking their cue from the European-style Jazz pioneered by Django Reinhardt,
and melding it with their own style. Their creative takes on classic tunes,
easy-going swinging sound and solid arrangements makes for quite a listenable
album." John Jorgenson

Jazz Manouche # 1909. Song
d’Automne; Exactly Like You; La Gitane; Someone to
Watch Over Me; Tchavolo Swing; Nuages; Nature Boy;
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; Chez Jacquet;
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; While We’re Young
PERSONEL: Joe Ellis, guitar; Bob Butryn, clarinet;
Jim Stager, bass; Barry Wahrhaftig, guitar; Joe
Arnold, violin; John Matulis, accordion, Howard
Alden, guitar; Denise King, vocals; Alex Siniavski,
guitar; Mark Campiglia, violin; Phyllis Chapell, vocals;
Rich Yescalis, guitar; Carlos Rubio, flamenco
guitar; Bob Butryn, flute; George Manney, conga;
Stan Slotter, trumpet; Dave Cianci, trombone
By Herbie Y. Gamura
The Hot Club of Philadelphia was founded in
2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig and violinist
Mark Campiglia. Joining them are acoustic bassist
Jim Stager and rhythm guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, as
well as plenty of special guests, including the legendary
Howard Alden on seven string guitar. This Gypsy
Jazz outfit is dedicated to “playing and preserving the
music of Django Reinhardt while adding their own
style in the process.”
One is immediately struck by the easy, but
deep swing that comes out of Bob Butryn’s clarinet
(he’ also a swing dancer!) on the medium-tempo
first track, “Song d’Automme.” One can’t help but
be taken by the way these players make so much out
of so little. Two Rhythm guitars and a bass keep the
time and groove with some simple but well crafted
changes in a minor key, as the improvisers outline
them with the most essential notes, while making
beautiful and singable melodies for the listener to
relate too at all times.
Throughout the CD, new players come and go,
such as Accordion player John Matulis for the track
“La Gitane,” giving it a unique texture. This song is
in a triple meter, as the bassist plays on one and the
guitars on two and three, giving it a waltz vibe. I can
easily visualize a dance floor in France with numerous
couples brimming with life. Barry Wahrhaftig
shows that he is no Django clone on this track. His
right hand has a completely different approach.
Undoubtedly one of the big highlights of this
disc is “Someone to Watch Over Me,” sung by Denise
King. She infuses plenty of personal experience in her
rendering, as the song builds gradually. It begins as a
duet, with the beautiful solo guitar work of Howard
Alden, before the bass joins, and then the lead guitar
of Wahrhaftig.
“Nuages” is another nice interpretation, featuring
vocalist Phyllis Chapell. Wahrhaftig takes a particularly
memorable guitar solo on this track, departing
from the classic gypsy vocabulary with some very
unique lines, and plenty of emotion. The listener will
be happy to hear Bob Butryn return for a gorgeous
clarinet solo.
“Nature Boy” will also be a pleasant surprise to
the listener with its Latin vibe, complete with flute,
conga, and Flamenco guitar from Carlos Rubio.
Wahrhaftig trades solos with Rubio and it a treat to
hear two different styles playing together on the same
song. Denise King joins the group for the head out.
And then another surprise – Electric guitar
and horns! For the penultimate tune, “Wrap Your
Troubles in Dreams,” the band renders it with a classic
swing with arranged parts for trombone, trumpet
and clarinet, and a swinging drum groove with the
hi-hat on two and four behind Denise King’s vocals.
We go from the Hot Club to Preservation Hall, and
it is a nice departure before returning for the closer,
“While We’re Young.”
The Hot Club of Philadelphia may be dedicated
to playing the music of Django Reinhardt, but as advertised,
they add their own voices and mentalities into
the mix, and often infuse Latin and more traditional
swing styles into the mix. All of the members have impeccable
chops and unwavering musicality. If you’re in
the Philadelphia area, be sure to seek them out.

From "Inside Jazz" March 2010


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