Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club | May Rain

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May Rain

by Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club

Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club play the music known as gypsy jazz that was created by the late great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. I Found a New Baby
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3:36 album only
2. Je Suis Seul Ce Soir
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4:38 album only
3. May Rain
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3:29 album only
4. Blythe Spirit Samba
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2:57 album only
5. Estate
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4:34 album only
6. Echoes Of Spain
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3:56 album only
7. Indifference
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3:22 album only
8. J'attendrai
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4:02 album only
9. Recieta De Samba
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2:46 album only
10. Tears
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11. Bossa Dorado
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5:49 album only
12. Douce Ambiance
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13. La Tzigane Qui Danse
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14. Inspiracao
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15. La Bossa du Grand Marais
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16. Ask Me Now
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Album Notes
Samuel "Sammo" Paul Miltich was born March 12th, 1985. He grew up in in northern Minnesota. His family is musical, and gatherings in the Miltich home bring family and friends together in a circle playing music and singing. Sam has played music from a young age starting on the piano, learning to read and write music, than playing bass and tuba for the school bands. At age 14, Sam began to study the guitar seriously. Exposed to many styles of music, Sam's greatest musical influences are Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Andres Segovia, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Maurice Ravel, Stevie Wonder, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Bireli Lagrene. Sam is a lover of all musical styles, from jazz, to rock, to classical, to tamburitzan, to Brazilian bossa nova. At age 15, Sam heard Django Reinhardt\'s music on Woody Allen\'s movie "Sweet & Low Down" and knew he would dedicate his life to the music of Django Reinhardt and the art of gypsy jazz guitar. Sam has played throughout the country as well as in Holland, Germany, and at Lincoln Center in New York City at concert honoring Django with international musicians. Sam has performed and been a member of Paul Mehling's Hot Club of San Francisco and the Robin Nolan Trio. Sam has shared the stage and bill with such great artists as the Ferre' brothers, Angelo Debarre, Dorado Schmitt, Fapy Lafertin, Ludovic Beier, Samson Schmitt, Ken Peplowski, Paul Mehling, Tim Kliphuis.


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the real deal
first if you love the Woody Allen movie "sweet lowdown" then you will love Sam Miltich he is this kid up in northern Minnesota who plays incredible gypsy jazz guitar, it's really amazing. I'm also kind of a sucker for the whole some kid you've never heard of liven' in the woods and playing incredible guitar or what ever, I always have it in my mind that there is some great whatever out there just waiting to be discovered who blows away everyone you can think of, well Sam Miltich is that guy.

Tom Steinmetz

Brilliant instrumental gypsy jazz
Being a big Django fan I was suspicious of someone new playing in this style. I have to say I love both of the Clearwater albums. One of them is constantly in the player. His playing is deeply sympathetic and traditional but also innovative and adventurous at the same time. Sam's live shows are even better and he is a warm, approachable guy to boot.


Exciting, amazing Gypsy jazz a la Django.
If you love Django Reinhardt's music but regret the poor recording techniques in the late 1930's - early 50's, then this is an album for you. Wonderful swingin' Gypsy jazz, great band, high production values. Nice diversity - some Brazilian, a Croatian folk song, many standards really well done.

Joe Ross

A very compelling set epitomized by dynamism, excitement, and emotional impact
Playing Time – 61:07 -- The Gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli was originally conceived with guitars, fiddle, and bass, and it’s great to see bands like Sam Miltich & The Clearwater Hot Club (from Grand Rapids, Mn.) in the forefront of a burgeoning resurgence of this wonderful string music from the 30s and 40s. In the hands of adroit players, the music is a wonderful treat to hear again in such high fidelity as can be produced in today’s studios. All tracks on this CD are impressive and memorable as the band supplements jazz standards with less oft-heard material and originals. Interestingly, music has been in the Miltich Family for generations and, they also love the Tamburitza music of their Croatian heritage.

Guitarist Sam Miltich plays piano on his original “La Tzigane Qui Danse.” The other players on this album include Sam’s father Matthew Miltich (bass), Mark Kreitzer (rhythm guitar, violin on two tracks), Raphael Fraisse (violin), Patrick Harrison (accordion on two tracks), Tom Schaefer (violin on four tracks). The band on Paul Mehling’s “Blythe Spirit Samba” includes Sam Miltich (lead guitar), Paul Mehling (rhythm guitar), Josh Workman (rhythm guitar), Ari Munkres (bass), and Evan Price (violin). Mehling regularly plays with The Hot Club of San Francisco, and he has taught and mentored Miltich over the years. Consummate players all, they showcase their singularly impressive improvisational skills while not grandstanding or detracting from a cohesive band sound.

All of their songs on this generous hour-long album make for a very compelling set epitomized by dynamism, excitement, and emotional impact for the listener. The variety in their arrangements provides plenty of musical moods. Sam’s solo guitar presents Reinhardt’s “Echoes of Spain” and Garoto’s “Inspiracao.” Leaner renditions of Monk’s “Ask Me Now,” Miltich’s “La Tzigane Qui Danse,” and Schmitt’s “Bossa Dorado” incorporate only two or three instruments, showing that the band appreciates the fact that sometimes less is more. Some personal favorites are the buoyant “Indifference,” snappy “J’attendral,” and fluid “Receita de Samba” with their toe-tapping and danceable beats.

After cutting his young teeth on bluegrass and an eclectic variety of artists, Sam Miltich decided that Gypsy jazz was his music after seeing the film “Sweet and Lowdown.” Sam just turned 20 in 2005, and he is already a convincing talent who clearly has many successful years of professional music performance ahead of him. Sam’s goal is to try to make the world a better place by bringing music, peace, and harmony into it. This band’s engaging jazz, Latin, swing and original music certainly made my own world a better place after hearing it. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)


What a beautiful CD!
This CD is marvelous. Sam Miltich is an incredibly gifted and soulful guitarist--this is a pensive, heartfelt work of purity and beauty.

Donna Kurszewski

What Love Can Do
Proof that solitude, reverence for the past, familial affection, discipline, and the hard work necessary to create perfection can and does make miracles happen.

Deb Miller

We loved it! Glad we finally got it!
We love this CD. We first heard Sam Miltitch on A Prairie Home Companion and are so glad we finally managed to get it together to track down where to get a CD! Very enjoyable, fun music.

Lawrence Downing

Great album! Great performers!
I recently heard Sam for the first time at the Grand Marais Jazz Festival. I was impressed. So much maturity of feeling and technique from one so young. This album is filled with wonderful, soulful, "european" songs. I love it.

Joni Heller

I could listen to this NONSTOP!
This music transports me to another place, another time. It is awesome!


I saw sammo at the fitgers brewery complex two years ago and it totally changed my feel for music, there is so much passion in the songs that he plays, really its something wonderful. Hope the whole family keeps one keepin on! Really somethin' sammo!
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