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Gypsy Routes

by The Hot Club of Philadelphia

The band's second CD displays their deep understanding of the style known as 'Gypsy Jazz.' Pioneered by the legendary Hot Club of France, led by Django Reinhardt in the 30's and 40's, amazingly melodic soulful and accessable!
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bei dir war es immer so Schone (feat. Titi Bamberger)
3:34 $1.25
2. Indifference / Bistro Fada (feat. Sergei Nirenburg)
5:35 $1.25
3. Si tu savais (feat. Phyllis Chapell)
5:03 $1.25
4. Tears (feat. Howard Alden)
6:39 $1.25
5. La foule (feat. Phyllis Chapell)
4:07 $1.25
6. Besame Mucho (feat. Titi Bamberger)
3:31 $1.25
7. Cry Me a River (feat. Larry McKenna)
4:40 $1.25
8. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (feat. Barry Wahrhaftig)
3:21 $1.25
9. Czardas (feat. Joseph Arnold)
6:54 $1.25
10. Perhaps This Winter Time (feat. Denise King)
6:41 $1.25
11. A Child Is Born (feat. Barry Wahrhaftig)
1:41 $1.25
12. Old Fashioned Love (feat. Marty Grosz, Cecilia Ferneborg, Paul Butler, Danny Tobias, Jim Lawlor, Barry Wahrhaftig & Chris Coyle)
2:50 $1.25
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Album Notes
Guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, long a mainstay of the Phila Jazz community, has devoted much of his career to revitalising and keeping alive the style, sensibility and passion of the music called 'Gypsy Jazz,' particulary as introduced by the famous French guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 30's & 40's. The Hot Club of Philadelphia extends that tradition into the 21st Century, and they take us on a musical journey here. The acoustic sound of the the core group features the hot fiddle playing of Joseph Arnold, bass by Jim Stager, rhythm guitar of Zach Fay, along with Wahrhaftig's smoking and sultry lead guitar. Joined by special guests like guitarist Howard Alden, of NYC and Woody Allen soundtrack fame, Titi Bamberger, German Gypsy singer and guitarist, and vocals in French and English by Phyllis Chapell and Denise King, and special guest spot by Tenor Saxophonist Larry McKenna. It's a joyful journey!



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Karen Toole

What a Happy Find!!
In late Nov, as I was pulling into my driveway listening to WRTI, a most beautiful song began to play. It was Philadelphia's own Denise King doing Larry McKenna's and Melissa Gilstrap's haunting tune, "Perhaps This Winter Time" from Hot Club of Philadelphia's new album, Gypsy Routes. I had to sit in silence while I listened to every word and relished every musical embellishment in the arrangement. As soon as I hit the door, I headed to the computer to learn what I could about this song. What a Happy Find, indeed! Certainly, that one song was amazing - but I had no idea the rest of the album would be so wonderful, as well. How often is it that you love every song on an album - and many times for different reasons. No two tunes sound the same!
I had the good fortune to hear HCPhilly at Musikfest this past summer and they put on a fabulous show in concert. There's something different, though about having the band on a loop in your private environs while you go about your business.
The vocals are absolutely beautiful throughout the whole project. As a singer looking to expand or learn from others, I notice the vocals first. Love Phyllis Chappell's voice and how she can switch from a lovely chanteuse française in "Si Tu Savais", to heartfelt blues singer in "Cry Me a River". Of course, all the song choices fit together with the stellar instrumentation of the group. Leading the sound is Barry Wahrhaftig on guitar pieces that rival the master, Reinhardt, himself! What a find in Joe Arnold and his violin!; Jim Stager on bass; and a host of other stellar musicians contributing their unique flavor to make this CD the gem that it is. I would not hesitate one nanosecond to recommend this project as my favorite of last year. The jazz station, WRTI, in Philadelphia just named the album #11 in their Top 100 countdown of new work for 2015!
Congratulations everyone! Well-deserved!