Hot Club Cool Yule

Hot Club Cool Yule

by The Hot Club of San Francisco
     
 
The Hot Club os San Francisco continues in the Gypsy jazz tradition of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (which featured the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violin master Stéphane Grappelli), though they've added a few modern touches and a number of guests for this Christmas CD. Steve Allen's "Cool Yule," a hitfor Louis Armstrong, is a surprising choice

Overview

The Hot Club os San Francisco continues in the Gypsy jazz tradition of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (which featured the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violin master Stéphane Grappelli), though they've added a few modern touches and a number of guests for this Christmas CD. Steve Allen's "Cool Yule," a hitfor Louis Armstrong, is a surprising choice for an opener, as it has fallen into obscurity. "Don Rudolpho" is a wild, chugging reworking of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in a traditional Gypsy jazz setting. Guest vocalist Isabelle Fontaine duets with rhythm guitarist/bassist Jeff Magidson in a romantic, swinging take of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," while the snappy take of "Sugar Rum Cherry" (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn's adaptation of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies") features Evan Price on electric octave violin (in salute to Stuff Smith), complemented by Clint Baker's sassy muted trumpet. The quintet is expanded to an octet for a serious take of "I Wander as I Wander," while the subdued, relaxing setting of "The Christmas Song" consists of just two guitars and bass. The madcap finale is "Auld Lang Syne," followed by a hidden track, a brief rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." It's refreshing to hear new twists on holiday favorites.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Azica
UPC:
0787867224229
catalogNumber:
72242

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hot Club of San Francisco   Primary Artist
Eric Gaenslen   Cello,Celli
Deborah Tien Price   Violin
Jeff Magidson   Bass,Vocals
Clint Baker   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells   Composer
Bruce Egre   Engineer
James Covert   Artwork,Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Alan Bise   Producer

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