An album dedicated to the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Recorded at Sydney's Studios 301 in glorious digital where the musicians played in a circle around a Calrec soundfield microphone. The left/right spacial positioning of the band was decoded during the mix to create a true surround sound experience. This is definitely "the Hot-Club in Hi-Fi."
Musicians : Ian Cooper - Violin
Ian Date - Acoustic Guitar
Pat Wade - Acoustic Guitar
Tom Baker - Alto Sax on "Dark Wind" & "Swing Dynamique"
Don Burrows - Clarinet and Alto Sax on "Shine" & "The Nearness of You"
Natalie Morrison - Double Bass
George Washingmachlne - Violin on "Song Of India" & "Swing Dynamique"
Jim Pennell - Acoustic Guitar *
Don Heap - Double Bass *
Adrian Keating - 2nd Violin on "Shiraz"
Ian Date plays Selmer and Favino guitars
Tom Baker is playing a plastic Grafton alto saxophone
"This is a big recording! Ian Cooper is definitely making a big name for himself as a violin player of more than some note, and considering his ripe old age of 23 he has already achieved more than most experienced Jazz musicians only dream about.
This is his second recording on Larrikin and it follows a year of hectic performance that has taken him across Australia and then across Europe. He has 'bent his bow' with the best of them including Barry White, Tom Baker and Marcia Hines.
On this album he also plays with some staggeringly good Australian musicians - fellow fiddlers George Washingmachine and Adrian Keating, ace guitarists Ian Date, Pat Wade and Jim Pennell, and double bass players extraordinaire Natalie Morrison and Don Heap. Add to this guest appearances by Don Burrows on alto sax & clarinet, and Tom Baker on alto sax. It's a big recording with big songs and 'strings of swing' led by Ian Cooper. Long may they swing!"