Junction

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Hot Club of Detroit's fourth studio-album, 2012's Junction, builds upon the group's longstanding knack for mixing exploratory post-bop, soulful contemporary jazz, and French chanson into its foundation of swinging Django Reinhardt-style Gypsy jazz. Once again showcasing the talents of guitarists Evan Perri and Paul Brady, as well as accordionist Julien Labro, the album also introduces the new line-up of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, vocalist Cyrille Aimee, bassist Shawn Conley, and guest saxophonist Andrew Bishop. There is a more expansive, somewhat ruminative post-rock vibe on a few of the songs here, suggesting that the internal changes in the band's lineup led them down ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Hot Club of Detroit's fourth studio-album, 2012's Junction, builds upon the group's longstanding knack for mixing exploratory post-bop, soulful contemporary jazz, and French chanson into its foundation of swinging Django Reinhardt-style Gypsy jazz. Once again showcasing the talents of guitarists Evan Perri and Paul Brady, as well as accordionist Julien Labro, the album also introduces the new line-up of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, vocalist Cyrille Aimee, bassist Shawn Conley, and guest saxophonist Andrew Bishop. There is a more expansive, somewhat ruminative post-rock vibe on a few of the songs here, suggesting that the internal changes in the band's lineup led them down heretofore unexplored creative avenues. Irabagon brings several compositions to the table, including the lead-off soul-jazz meets Gypsy-swing number "Goodbye, Mr. Anderson." Also interesting is Labro's "Chutzpah," which deftly mixes moments of avant-garde saxophone skronk and free jazz with sections of melodic swing. French-born Aimee, who took third place in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, brings a sound that encompasses both the throaty, intimate style of the French cabaret tradition and the virtuoso chops of Ella Fitzgerald on such numbers as the breezy "La Foule," the torchy ballad "Django Mort," and an inspired reworking of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." Elsewhere, Irabagon and Ann Arbor native Bishop dive into an amiable sparring session on "Hey!" and the band sticks to its frenetic instrumental sound on the Carl Stalling-esque "Puck Bunny." These are sophisticated recordings that make the most of the band's varied musical abilities, resulting in an album brimming with cross-pollinated musical sounds and textures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203106727
  • Catalog Number: 1067
  • Sales rank: 145,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goodbye, Mr. Anderson (6:01)
  2. 2 Song For Gabriel (4:14)
  3. 3 La Foule (4:12)
  4. 4 Hey! (5:57)
  5. 5 Chutzpah (5:37)
  6. 6 Messe Gitane (3:54)
  7. 7 Django Mort (5:30)
  8. 8 Junction (4:02)
  9. 9 Midnight In Detroit (2:11)
  10. 10 Lonely Woman (5:41)
  11. 11 Goodbye Mr. Shearing (4:00)
  12. 12 Puck Bunny (4:01)
  13. 13 Rift (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hot Club of Detroit Primary Artist
Andrew Bishop Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Jon Irabagon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
Julien Labro Accordion
Evan Perri Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Brady Rhythm Guitar
Shawn Conley Bass
Cyrille Aimée Vocals
Technical Credits
Django Reinhardt Composer
Trey Anastasio Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Margo Guryan Composer, Lyricist
Al Pryor Producer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jean Cocteau Composer, Lyricist
Maria Ehrenreich Producer
Angel Cabral Composer
Michael Snyder Art Direction
Jon Irabagon Composer
Tom Marshall Composer
Michel Rivgauche Composer
Julien Labro Composer
Evan Perri Composer
Paul Brady Composer, Liner Notes
Gretchen Valade Executive Producer
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