Hot Club of Reading | Swing 18

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Swing 18

by Hot Club of Reading

Part 1920s New Orleans, part 1930s Paris, the Hot Club of Reading combines Gypsy jazz with hot jazz to create an acoustic amalgam that really swings.
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. Swing 18
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2. 12th Street Rag
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3. Louisiana Fairy Tale
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4. Havana
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5. Jambalaya
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6. Lovers' Waltz
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7. Dream a Little Dream of Me
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8. J'attendrai
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9. Mon Père
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10. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
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11. St. James Infirmary Blues
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12. Still Deciding
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
There are Hot Clubs throughout the world, in nearly every major city where the guitar is played. It is through the playing of the brilliant Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt that most people are introduced to jazz manouche, as they call the style in its birthplace, France.

In addition to this early rhythmic jazz which originated in and around Paris, the Hot Club of Reading blends in early New Orleans hot jazz by artists such as Louis Armstrong and is counterpart on soprano saxophone and clarinet, American-turned-Frenchman, Sidney Bechet.

The beautiful mountains of Reading, Pennsylvania, may seem an unlikely place for this type of jazz to flourish, but the Hot Club of Reading has developed a loyal following in the hills of Berks County and beyond.

The five original compositions have been inspired not only by the aforementioned musical legends, but also by the people of Berks County and life in and around Reading, with its unlikely pagoda nestled atop Mount Penn.

Core band:
Chris Heslop: saxophone, clarinet, flute, vocals, washboard, jug
Trey LaRue: bass
Josh Taylor: guitar, banjo, 12-string guitar, vocals

Guests:
Ken Gehret: violin
Alex Meixner: accordion
Hector Rosado: percussion
Josiah Taylor: guitar

Photography: Fadi Acra
Cover painting: Albert Ciervo
Recording: Marty Mellinger
Mastering: Tom Volpicelli

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