Back in 1930s Paris, the Hot Club de France kept music fans jumping and dance floors filled to their intricate and lively brand of gypsy jazz.
In 21st century Detroit, the fans are jumpin' and the dance floors are filled, too-- this time to the sound of the Hot Club of Detroit, an electrifying and visionary ensemble that takes the traditions pioneered by Django Reinhardt and company and spins them in a way that's both reverent and refreshingly contemporary.
As guitarist and group leader Evan Perri explains, We want to spread the music and keep the gypsy spirit alive. But we're from Detroit. We're not gypsies in a caravan in France. Our influences come from stuff we grew up listening to here in Detroit. We're not trying to live in the shadow of the Rosenberg Trio or Birelli LeGrane. We just want to make music that's true to the spirit of Django but that's also true to ourselves.
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“...for our money the gypsy-fied version of the theme from The Godfather is divine inspiration...” --JazzWeek
“Through these newer songs, the Hot Club of Detroit proves their mastery of Reinhardt's music, since they can not only play his songs so well; they know how to translate it to other styles. That adventurousness, combined with their considerable musicality, makes Hot Club of Detroit a first-rate debut album -- and after listening to it, it's hard not to want to hear how they go forward on their next album.” --All Music Guide
This is a recording that can be listened to and enjoyed over and over again-I certainly intend to do so! --Howard Alden
The Hot Club of Detroit plays with such reverence and passion