Latches

Latches

by Latches
     
 
Latches is a band that will immediately be pegged as a retro-gypsy jazz, post-Django Reinhardt/Hot Club of France knock-off. But upon further review and a closer listen to this, their debut album, they turn out to be a group where the hot jazz style is a point of departure, and from there they begin to delve into the farther reaches of traditional and modernist sounds

Overview

Latches is a band that will immediately be pegged as a retro-gypsy jazz, post-Django Reinhardt/Hot Club of France knock-off. But upon further review and a closer listen to this, their debut album, they turn out to be a group where the hot jazz style is a point of departure, and from there they begin to delve into the farther reaches of traditional and modernist sounds. Three acoustic guitarists -- Steeve Laffont, Yorgui Loeffler, Chriss Campion -- and bassist Gino Roman, all in their late twenties to early thirties, play masterfully, with loads of youthful energy and drive far beyond their years. Mostly dedicated to unison as opposed to counterpoint, the symmetry, tightness and togetherness of the band will easily impress any lover of this style. They come out of the box swinging heartily on the standard "Sweet Georgia Brown," a simmering then boiling version of Reinhardt's "Nuits De Saint Germain Des Pres," and a deliberate, slightly modified melodic take of the famous "Topsy." The upbeat waltz of "Valse a Lulu," Django's frantic, cartoonish, Raymond Scott like "Rythme Futur," and a jumping, boppish "Peche A La Mouche" are all tunes you'd expect. "Symphonie" is the most uncomplicated, simple swing tune. But the original numbers yield a few out-of-the-box ideas. Laffont's "Djazz" is typically sweet, low and has "future standard" stamped on it, while Campion's "Yentl" is a slow curveball, Roman's "Romano" is a Brazilian-flavored tune, and Loeffler's "For Kyriassa" is equally heartfelt in its pining, midtempo love song style. The closer, Chick Corea's "Got a Match" melds European convention with the contemporary, bouncy sound Corea has patented, and it works well. A credible debut effort, it will be interesting to see whether Latches continues mining the deep well of Reinhardt's populist music, or perhaps use Corea's concept as a springboard to create truly different music.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728308021
catalogNumber:
3080
Rank:
193385

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Latches   Primary Artist
Yorgui Loeffler   Guitar,Lead,Group Member
Sre Kidjales   Guitar (Nylon String),Lead,Group Member
Chriss Campion   Guitar,Lead,Group Member

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Alex Alstone   Composer
Roger Bernstein   Composer
Michelle Mercier   Producer,Liner Notes
Yorgui Loeffler   Arranger,Composer
Ludovic Palabaud   Engineer
Sre Kidjales   Arranger,Composer
Chriss Campion   Arranger,Composer
Latches   Audio Production
Michel Mercier   Liner Notes,Audio Production

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