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Hot Club of Detroit – It’s About That Time

Hot Club of Detroit is inspired by the Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. The current Hot Club of Detroit is made of guitarist Evan Perri, accordionist Julien Labro, soprano and tenor saxophonist Carl Cafagna, rhythm guitarist Paul Brady, and bassist Andrew Kratzat. Perri founded the Hot Club of Detroit in 2003 while attending Wayne State University in Detroit.

In the following years the group won several awards. Their self-titled debut album (2006) was followed by Night Town (2008). It’s About That Time is their third album (2010), released on Mack Avenue.

With On the Steps the group signals uncompromising jazz “A Grande Vitesse” in the style of Django Reinhardt presenting the members of the group in solo phases. Jazz aficionados will recognize the chord changes of Pat Martino’s On the Stairs (with a pithy quotation from John Coltrane’s Giant Steps).

Charles Mingus’ Nostalgia in Times Square finds a new face formed by this remarkable group. Still in the tradition of jazz with guitar and accordion the group also adds modern elements like hand-clapping. Django Reinhardt is the shower-head 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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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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