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Hot Club of Detroit

# 1 Gypsy Jazz Group

Hot Club of Detroit 1388 8/2012
Short Bio
Following up “It's About That Time”, “Nighttown” and the eponymous 2006 debut Hot Club of Detroit—Hot Club of Detroit expands its sonic and compositional horizons with Junction (released August 2012). Retaining its original lineup of reeds, two guitars, accordion, upright bass and no drums, this is the band’s fourth release for Mack Avenue Records. There are personnel changes, however, and for the first time, the Hot Club of Detroit is joined (on three tracks) by a vocalist: French musician Cyrille Aimée, a native of Django Reinhardt’s hometown and a winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition.

Junction’s sound is at once vintage and boldly new, rooted in the legacy of Django Reinhardt but also the sensibilities of Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, John Zorn and even the rock band Phish. Far from a traditional gypsy jazz ensemble, Hot Club of Detroit (HCOD) proves itself a versatile modern jazz group, with a unique acoustic-electric sound that surges past expectations and genre boundaries.

“A lot of bands that model themselves after the Hot Club of France are now working with drummers, or percussion of some sort,” says HCOD rhythm guitarist Paul Brady. “We never have. And by doing that it forces us to think creatively about what we can do without it. How can we approach odd meter, how can we approach certain grooves? Regardless of what a drummer can add, that absence to me is interesting and different.”

Unfortunately, Junction comes at a difficult time. HCOD bassist Andrew Kratzat and his fiancée were both seriously injured in an auto accident in July 2011, and are currently on a long road to recovery. “This album is a dedication to both of them,” declares Brady. “It's been tough for us, musically but also emotionally,” adds HCOD accordionist Julien Labro. “Andrew is like a brother, a family member. But we're still hopeful, and one day I'm sure he'll be back to playing.”

Honoring Kratzat's example, bassist Shawn Conley brings stellar musicianship to Junction. Another new face is saxophonist Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and member of the acclaimed punk-jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing. Michigan native Andrew Bishop, also on reeds, makes appearances on three tracks, increasing the band's power and timbral variation. (Family obligations required Carl Cafagna, the group's original saxophonist, to step aside.)

Different sounds coming together, band members collaborating from different cities: all of this makes Junction the perfect album title. “It's a nice mix of pop-oriented material and also rather avant-garde stuff,” Brady concludes. “I remember an interview with Marc Ribot, my favorite guitarist in the world, talking about how avant-garde and pop have a lot of crossover, and even some of the musicians are the same people, like Marc himself. It made total sense to me, and it came into my mind while preparing this record.” Perri concurs: “We've always believed that if Django Reinhardt were alive today, he wouldn't play the same way he always did. In his short lifespan you can see how much evolution and vision he had. To pay tribute to him is to continue pursuing our own ideas.”

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Cyrille Aimée

Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice.
audio "We'll Be Together Again"
audio "Que_Reste-t'il"
Larry Coryell
Larry has remained in the pantheon of great jazz guitarists for more than forty years. His personal philosophy of music has kept his playing fresh and exciting and makes each of his personal appearances or recordings a special event.  The late 60’s and early 70’s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists, not only in jazz but in all musical genres. It was during this time that Larry released a series of critically acclaimed albums for Vanguard.  In 1974, Larry formed The 11th House, one of the most popular and successful fusion bands of its time.
audio "The Dragon Gate" from "Laid Back & Blues" (mp3)
Howard Alden
Howard Alden
"He may be the best of his generation," writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is "the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is "...one of the very finest young guitarists working today."

Howard Alden has been a Concord Jazz recording artist since the late '80s where his prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman, has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality.


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Current Bio and Reviews
> Hot Club of Detroit Biography 2012 (pdf)
> Review Audiophile "Junction" (2012)

Concert Reviews
> Preview Oregon Music News 9/21/10 (pdf)
> Review Performance University Musical Society Ann Arbor 10/29/10 (pdf)
> Review Performance Cafe Metropol in Los Angeles 10/02/10 (pdf)
> Audience Reviews Performance University Musical Society Ann Arbor 10/29/10 (pdf)

Previous Reviews

> Review All About Jazz "It's About That Time" (2010) (pdf)
> Review JazzTimes "It's About That Time" (2010) (pdf)
> Review All Music "It's About That Time" (2010)(pdf)
> Review Jazz Inside "It's About That Time" 2010 (pdf)
> Review French Accordeon Magazine "It's About That Time 2010 (pdf)

> Accordions Worldwide review (pdf)
> Detroit Free Press Feature Article (pdf)
> Downbeat Review 2007 (pdf_
> Downbeat Review 2008 (pdf)
> Jazz Improv Review (pdf)
> Jazziz Review 2006 (pdf)
> JazzTimes Review 2006 (pdf)
> Virginian Pilot Review 2008 (pdf)

Hi-Res Pictures
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Low-Res Pictures
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youtube Hot Club of Detroit performs 'J'Attendrai'

youtube Hot Club of Detroit Promotional Video (2008)

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Audio Samples

NPR Interview with Marian McPartland on "Piano Jazz"

NPR Hot Club of Detroitwith Cyrille Aimee on "Around Noon" WCPN/NPR Cleveland May 5, 2011 (mp3)

Junction 2012 Mack Ave
                          Records "Goodbye Mr. Anderson" from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)

Junction 2012 Mack Ave
                          Records "La Foule" with Cyrille Aimee from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)

Junction 2012 Mack Ave
                          Records "Junction" from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)

Junction 2012 Mack Ave
                          Records "Lonely Woman" with Cyrille Aimee from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)

Junction 2012 Mack Ave
                            Records"Goodbye Mr. Shearing from Junction (mp3 Mack Ave 2012)

                        About That TimeNoto Swing from It's About That Time (2010 Mack Ave) (mp3 sample)

                        About That Time"Restless_Twilights" from It's About That Time (2010 Mack Ave) (mp3 sample)

                        About That Time"Equilibrium" from It's About That Time (2010 Mack Ave.) (mp3 sample)

Night Town "Coquette" from_Night_Town (2008 Mack Ave) (mp3 sample)

Night Town "Pour_Parler"_from_Night_Town (2008 Mack Ave)(mp3 sample)

Night Town "Night_Town"_from_Night_Town (2008 Mack Ave)(mp3 sample)

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