To paraphrase the great Sonny Rollins, "Nothing is entirely new as everything is a derivative of prior work." Such can be said for the Hot Club of San Francisco and their latest release Live At Yoshi's. A live and incredibly organic set that takes one back to the original Hot Club de France and the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. While the instrumentation from the original Hot Club de France is largely in tact what sets this ensemble apart from others is original and solid arrangements and fresh compositions that leave sound alike groups in the sonic dust.
Lead guitarist Paul Mehling leads the charge with stellar vocals supplied from Isabelle Fontaine. The Hot Club of San Francisco is certainly more than a local musical phenomena as they have entertained audiences around the globe for over 18 years. Their music much in the same vein as their predecessors can best be described as intimate, intricate, scorching and often bordering a special sonic brilliance that only virtuoso performance in the genre could muster to earn such a reputation.
Featured vocalist Isabelle Fontaine moved to the Bay Area is 2004 and has been highly sought after as a vocalist and rhythm guitarists. If the more traditional gypsy jazz is where your tastes tend to lean then this release is an absolute must! Gypsy jazz meets old school standards with an eclectic mix sure to please the most discriminating of tastes!
Tracks: R-26; It's Alright With Me; What A Little Moonlight Can Do; Syracuse; Songe d'Automne; Just One Of Those Things; C'est Si Bon; Gone With The Wind; Dinette; I Love Paris; Dansons La Rose; Stella By Starlight; Buona Sera; Milford.
Personnel: Isabella Fontaine: vocals; Paul Mehling: guitar, banjo; Evan Price: violin, electric mandolin; Clint Baker: string bass, trombone, trumpet, Jeff Magidson: rhythm guitar, dobro.
Special Guests: Jeff Sanford: soprano sax; Sm Rocha: tuba, string bass; Backup Singers: The Wit-lesses: Sam, Jeff, Evan, Paul.