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by Hot Club of SRQ

A collection of Rumba Gitana, Cuban, Contemporary Classical and Gypsy Swing. As a mosaic is composed of several unique pieces that when arranged together create a wonderful picture, so does this album.
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Limehouse Blues
2:57 $0.99
2. Cogomellow
4:47 $0.99
3. Padre Leone
4:51 $0.99
4. Roggie
4:26 $0.99
5. Mosaic
4:33 $0.99
6. Rose Room
4:28 $0.99
7. Pavane
1:39 $0.99
8. El Recreo
4:42 $0.99
9. Celtic Adagio
2:00 $0.99
10. After You've Gone
6:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mosaic is a collection of original rumba gitana compositions, a Cuban folk song I wrote for my rescued chihuahua, and a co-authored contemporary classical composition that mark a transition towards Gypsy Jazz including three timeless classic swing tunes. For the past several years, I have yearned for a direction towards Gypsy Jazz but felt it was necessary to document some of these beautiful rumba flamenca compositions that originated while I was living in Central America and often performed with the group the Lotus Fire. “Padre Leone” was one of these rumbas co-authered by Nicolaas Kraster. Often Nicolaas Kraster or David Parry (former guitarists of Lotus Fire) would hand me a chord progression that became the tapestry for which I would paint a melody and a song would be born. This was the case on “Cogomellow”, “Padre Leone”, “Mosaic”, “Recreo”, and “Celtic Adagio”.

The Hot Club of SRQ’s sound is at it’s core a violin and guitar based ensemble. “Pavane” by Fauré and “Celtic Adagio” by Walker and Aland perfectly capture this essence.
Celtic Adagio was spontaneously composed by me overdubbing violin over Chris Walker’s haunting chord progression that seemed to be calling out to me after hearing it for the first time. Chris’s guitar was recorded by Steve Rosicky in Seminole, FL and I added my part in my home studio (Mango Moon Studio).

Ironically I had written my first Cuban folk song, “Roggie” a month before Cuban Tres virtuoso, Renesito Avich had arrived on the scene here in Sarasota and graciously agreed to record with us. Renesito is perhaps one of the most talented Tres players in the world and was been a delight to record with. Renesito appears on tracks 3 and 4.

After attending the 2015 Django in June festival, I contacted my favorite Jazz guitarist Larry Camp and he agreed to join forces with Jon McLaughlin, JP Coley and myself. I knew that Larry had the tools and talent needed to help us create our dream project, the “Hot Club of SRQ”. Larry appears on tracks 1, 6 and 10. Guitarist Jon McLaughlin is the rhythm guru and my right hand man throughout this entire project (excluding track 9). Jon and I work frequently as a duo and somehow manage to reproduce the level of energy and diversity of the full ensemble. We are an inspired pair musically; whereas, Larry has taken the role of “Gandalf” in our trek towards Manouche and Jazz.

Our music simply swings and is deeply rooted in the musical influence of the Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Stephan Grapelli . There is also an authentic Latin flair that this town craves. Imagine, “Lotus Fire", sultry and sophisticated violin and guitar meets "Impromptu Jazz" front-man and founder, Larry Camp; hailed by Musician Magazine as "one of the top ten unknown jazz guitarists in the U.S." and backed by Sarasota’s premiere bass man- J.P. Coley. This has been the best chemistry of any talent I’ve worked with in the Suncoast/Tampa Bay area and are looking forward to our next live studio recording that is scheduled to be released by the summer of 2017.

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