The Hot Club of San Francisco

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Due to its name and the fact that its core comprises a swing-based string band, listeners might be excused if they believe that the Hot Club of San Francisco closely resembles Django Reinhardt's band of the 1930s, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Actually Django is the main inspiration for guitarist Paul Mehling and his quartet comprising three acoustic guitars and a bass but the results are far from derivative. Of the dozen tracks on the fine release from Clarity, the Hot Club accompanies three excellent singers on two songs apiece: Maria Muldaur who sounds quite enthusiastic on "Nature Boy" and "Don't Be That Way", Dan Hicks famous for leading his Hot Licks and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Due to its name and the fact that its core comprises a swing-based string band, listeners might be excused if they believe that the Hot Club of San Francisco closely resembles Django Reinhardt's band of the 1930s, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Actually Django is the main inspiration for guitarist Paul Mehling and his quartet comprising three acoustic guitars and a bass but the results are far from derivative. Of the dozen tracks on the fine release from Clarity, the Hot Club accompanies three excellent singers on two songs apiece: Maria Muldaur who sounds quite enthusiastic on "Nature Boy" and "Don't Be That Way", Dan Hicks famous for leading his Hot Licks and veteran blues veteran Barbara Dane. In addition, flutist Matt Eakle who is on the more modern material, soprano saxophonist Richard Hadlock, violinist Ray Landsberg, and tenor saxophonist Mike Sizer on the Muldaur numbers augment the Hot Club on some of the vocals and all of the instrumentals other than Reinhardt's "Improvisation No. 2" which is taken as an unaccompanied solo by Paul Mehling. Although based in the swing era, there are some departures such as a rendition of Jimmy Rowles' haunting ballad "The Peacocks" and the flute playing. It might have been preferable to hear the basic quartet featured by itself on a couple of numbers, but this is a rather impressive debut nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: Clarity Records
  • UPC: 744786200628
  • Catalog Number: 2006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Veronica (3:55)
  2. 2 Nature Boy (4:55)
  3. 3 Blithe Spirit Samba (4:14)
  4. 4 Don't Be That Way (4:30)
  5. 5 Papillon (5:36)
  6. 6 Hummin' to Myself (5:28)
  7. 7 The Peacocks (8:18)
  8. 8 At Sundown (4:36)
  9. 9 Old Fashioned Love (3:37)
  10. 10 Sweet Chorus (4:45)
  11. 11 Draggin' My Heart Around (2:39)
  12. 12 Improvisation No. 2 (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Hot Club of San Francisco Primary Artist
Barbara Dane Vocals
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Ned Boynton Rhythm Guitar
Evan Dain Bass
Matt Eakle Flute
Richard Hadlock Soprano Saxophone
Dan Hicks Vocals
Ray Lansberg Violin
Paul Mehling Guitar
Paul Robinson Rhythm Guitar
Mike Sizer Tenor Saxophone
Ray Landsberg Violin
Technical Credits
David Arkenstone Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Dan Hicks Arranger
Paul Hostetter Liner Notes
Paul Mehling Arranger, Producer
Bob Porter Engineer
Ed Woods Producer
The Hot Club of San Francisco Arranger
Cecil Mack Composer
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