Hot Club of 52nd Street

Hot Club of 52nd Street

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It is hard to imagine two more appropriate guitarists to bring together for a tribute to the great Django Reinhardt than Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden. They're joined by two other veterans, violinist Johnny Frigo and bassist Michael Moore, for this exciting set recorded at the A. C. Pianocraft Recital Hall in New York City, though it has the intimate sound of a recording made in a small nightclub. Although this is obviously a salute to the partnership of Reinhardt with violinist Stephane Grappelli, the approach is fresh due to interaction between the musicians and their frequently humorous solos. Frigo inserts a bit of pizzicato violin as the two guitar masters set the pace with Moore for a rapid fire take of "Tangerine." Reinhardt's "Nuages" has long been a favorite of guitarists, so Alden and Pizzarelli open this standard by themselves before they switch to the chugging rhythm made famous by the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. The interplay between Alden and Pizzarelli is incredible in the old chestnut "Avalon." The quartet finishes with a blazing interpretation of "I Got Rhythm." The only caveat about this terrific live session is the audience's insistence on regular enthusiastic applause as one solo gives way to the next, which results in drowning out the music itself. While the musicians likely appreciated the crowd's approval, it's a shame that they couldn't hold themselves in check until the conclusion of each performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2004
Label: Chesky Records
UPC: 0090368027122
catalogNumber: 271
Rank: 127263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hot Club Of 52nd Street   Primary Artist
Howard Alden   Acoustic Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Moore   Bass,Double Bass
Johnny Frigo   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
David Chesky   Producer,Audio Production
Earl Hines   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
William Faulkner   Author
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Norman Chesky   Executive Producer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Chip Stern   Liner Notes
Joel Nakamura   Cover Art
Barry Wolifson   Engineer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
William Henri Woode   Composer
Rick Eckerle   Engineer
Andrij Borys   Art Direction

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