Archive for April 28th, 2010

Hot Club of Detroit – It’s About That Time

The family tree that traces its roots to the Quintette du Hot Club de France has sprouted countless branches across the globe in the seventy years since Django Reinhardt first jammed with Stephane Grappelli. It seems like a new city lays claim to its own Hot Club on a virtually daily basis, but the Hot Club of Detroit is undoubtedly the apple that has fallen farthest from that tree.

The blistering fretwork on the opening track of the group’s third CD, It’s About That Time, pays explicit homage to one of their six-string heroes – just not the one you might think. “On the Steps” is based on the chord changes of Pat Martino’s “On the Stairs” (with a brief borrowing from John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” to complete the pun), and states at the outset what fans of these gypsy jazz revisionists have long known – that Django Reinhardt is far from the beginning and end of the Hot Club of Detroit’s vocabulary of influences.

“Django Reinhardt is the showerhead from which we all come down,” says guitarist and bandleader Evan Perri. “But if he had lived, I don’t think he would’ve been playing the same things he had in prior years. He was constantly evolving as a jazz musician.”

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G. Science – Smooth Jazz Collection

G. Science aka Gabriel Saientz, a pianist and composer from Argentina, found his new home in Miami. He graduated cum Laude at the University of Miami with a bachelor in studio music and jazz performance. He has played around the states with artists like Nestor Torres, Steve Rucker, Matt Benelli and many more. He signed a contract with Muzak, The Weather Channel Essential Music.

Smooth Jazz Collection is a compilation of songs featured on the Weather Channel and many other background music venues. These songs showcase top Miami musicians and a variety of colorful rhythms and flavors for your listening pleasure. If you are a smooth jazz lover you are up for a treat.

These smooth jazz tunes are available as Smooth Jazz Collections I and II at CDBaby.