Continental Stomp

Continental Stomp

by The Hot Club of Cowtown
     
 

As its name implies, Austin, TX-based retro trio Hot Club of Cowtown attempts to be a cross between Django Reinhardt's Quintet of the Hot Club of France and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, playing stripped-down Western swing in an acoustic jazz style using just violin, guitar, and bass. OnSee more details below

Overview

As its name implies, Austin, TX-based retro trio Hot Club of Cowtown attempts to be a cross between Django Reinhardt's Quintet of the Hot Club of France and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, playing stripped-down Western swing in an acoustic jazz style using just violin, guitar, and bass. On record, the band's repertoire has reflected its hybrid taste, though 2002's Ghost Train contained a complement of originals by principals Elana Fremerman (violin) and Whit Smith (guitar). (The bass-playing third member has changed during the trio's history; here it is Jake Erwin.) The band's approach is one that practically begs for a live recording, and on this one, captured at the Continental Club in Austin on May 10-12, 2003, the Hot Club of Cowtown demonstrates that it is not running out of ideas for old songs; of the 14 selections, all of them covers, only three have been on the group's previous albums. It's no surprise that they cast back to the first half of the 20th century for their material, particularly the 1920s, and particularly tunes from the pen of Jimmy McHugh, who is tapped, along with lyricist partner Dorothy Fields, for the opening instrumental, "Diga Diga Doo," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," and "Exactly Like You." Those are nominally show tunes, but the trio hears them as early jazz and as platforms for fast improvising. The same holds true for country standards like "Ida Red" and "Orange Blossom Special." The group also can do justice to a ballad, however, as proven by a reading of "Pennies from Heaven." Winning as a live album is from a group that clearly makes its mark in concert, however, Continental Stomp also suggests that Hot Club of Cowtown may have shot its bolt in terms of recordings, unless it can develop its songwriting further. In that sense, the album is a holding action, but it is also the one fans may want to own as a souvenir of an enjoyable show.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928816328
catalogNumber:
8163
Rank:
160954

Tracks

  1. Diga Diga Doo  - Steve Wertheimer
  2. Deed I Do  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  3. Chinatown  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  5. Ida Red  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  6. Pennies From Heaven  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  7. Crazy 'Cause I Love You  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  8. The Girl I Left Behind Me  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  9. After You've Gone  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  10. Exactly Like You  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  11. My Window Faces South  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  12. Orange Blossom Special  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  13. I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me  -  Hot Club of Cowtown
  14. Pussy, Pussy, Pussy  -  Hot Club of Cowtown

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hot Club of Cowtown   Primary Artist
Whit Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Elana Fremerman   Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Jake Erwin   Vocals,String Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Fred Remmert   Mastering
Fred Rose   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Marvin Montgomery   Composer
Lori Turk   Assistant Photographer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Hot Club of Cowtown   Arranger
Lynne Cook   Assistant Photographer
Diesel   Assistant Photographer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Adam Odor   Engineer
Anderson   Composer

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