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Hot Club of San Francisco, "Hot Club Cool Yule" (Azica) - A quintet of violin, string bass (doubling on trumpet) and three guitars conjures up the 1930s and the Christmas album Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France never made. -- Newsobserver.com, Owen Cordle, December 6, 2009
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But relax. Here is a Christmas recording offering something a bit different and worth listening to in the midst of the season. The Hot Club of San Francisco may not be a mainstream ensemble, but they are generally considered one of the best gypsy jazz groups in the U.S. For those not familiar with the genre, gypsy jazz is an acoustic guitar dominated format created by the incredible guitarist Django Reinhardt with violinist Stephane Grappelli in the smoky bars of Paris in the 1930s. The name of their group was the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and gypsy jazz groups often attach the "Hot Club" title to their own city. The quintet arrangement holds with the Hot Club of San Francisco which is led by guitarist Paul Mehling and violinist Evan Price, along with bassist Clint Baker, and rhythm guitarists Jeff Magidson and Jason Vanderford.
Mehling's gift as a leader has been to honor tradition while not being afraid of stretching the genre. In this recording he clearly moves beyond the normal library and also employs several guest singers and other ensembles to offer some new sounds. The result is a wide ranging, but solid, recording of a variety of Christmas classics.Read more ›
Hot Club of San Francisco | Azica Records (2009)
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The liner notes imply that this is the Christmas album Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli might have made, had they made one. Certainly the The Hot Club of San Francisco is a virtuosic group that specializes in conjuring that era (see their masterful Bohemian Maestro for a recent example). But there's a wealth of delicious humor here that goes beyond anything that legendary pair ever produced.
For instance, check out the inspired derangement of "Djingle Bells," and "Don Rudolfo" (as in Red-Nosed Reindeer), a sultry tango that ultimately flows into the "Habanera" from "Carmen" (honest). There's also a red-hot "Sugar Rum Cherry" that swings the Nutcracker into a whole new orbit. Yet just when you get used to a jovial ride, the Hot Club throws out a gorgeous string arrangement of "I Wonder As I Wander," getting serious about the season. And there are still more surprises to come, although it would be like giving away a movie plot to describe them all.
One thing is sure: however you deck your halls with music - whether you dig out that dusty stack of CDs, or cue your Yuletide playlist - this collection is so different from anything else that it's likely to make your guests pause, nogs in midair, to ask what it is. And you don't even have to answer: just show them the CD cover, where Santa drives a gypsy caravan instead of a sleigh. Brilliant and delightful!
Hot Club of San Francisco at All About Jazz.
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A medley of "Carol of the Bells" and Vince Guaraldi's "Skating" make a breezy way early on. A warm "Baby, Its cold Outside" features Duo Gadjo (Isabelle Fontaine and Jeff Magidson) and Evan Price on octave violin. The spiritual "I Wonder as I Wander" receives a very European string trio treatment very successfully by guest violinist Deborah Price, violist Marcel Gemperli and cellist Eric Gaensten.
Guitarist Paul Mehling shines in his solos on "I'll be Home for Christmas," "The Christmas Song," and "Auld Lang Syne. Evan Price's violin is given even exposure, the two men playing as if made for one another. This recording benefits from expert musicianship by musicians obviously having much fun, which simply adds to the joyfulness of a wonderfully lively disc.
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Tired of the same old Christmas music year after year after year? Hot Club Cool Yule is a great freshen up of all the classics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephan Woo Cude
Hot Club getting it done on a great selection of Christmas classics. Put this disc in the player and pour the champagne and you've got a party!Published 13 months ago by Cessie
This album has knocked my beloved Herb Alpert off the top spot for best holiday album ever made. Great for tree trimming and nogging at parties without being cloying, trendy, or... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Lynne in San Francisco
Do you like Christmas? Do you like Gypsy Jazz?
Regardless of your answer to the first question, why wouldn't you be swinging to the crazy rhythms of Cool Yule, the Hot... Read more
Best New Christmas Music I have heard and even more important my wife loves it.Published on January 10, 2010 by Keith L. Cochran
I found this review on BC Music written by Derek Emerson Nov 16, 09. Oh and this CD is also part of the The New York Times 2009 Christmas Guide. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Renata Barone
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