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Why Why

by 440

Irresistible toe-tapping swing and hot gypsy jazz standards plus originals, "a jazz everyone likes".
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Why Why
2:56 $0.99
2. Lulu Swing
3:18 $0.99
3. Hungaria
3:29 $0.99
4. Waltz for You
3:53 $0.99
5. Topsy
3:15 $0.99
6. Reflection
3:40 $0.99
7. Shine
2:47 $0.99
8. C'est Si Bon
4:41 $0.99
9. Stompin' at Decca
3:23 $0.99
10. Above the Clouds
5:17 $0.99
11. Songe D'automne
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Album Notes
440's first album "Why Why" presents a rich harmonic blend of violin and clarinet expanding the gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli with danceable swing standards from the era of Cole Porter, George Gershwin & Benny Goodman as well as superb originals by the band.

The passion and musicianship of 440's originals bring together the refined quality of Woody Allen's Manhattan with a dramatic range like French tenor Charles Aznavour to provide an engaging journey from the exquisitely beautiful & captivating ballad, Above The Clouds, to the infectious hot club jazz of the lively title cut “Why Why”. The debut of 440’s first album, at a time of year when there is a chill in the air outside, provides the much needed treat of warmth and beauty through a jazz everyone likes.

440 is:
Tomoko Iwamoto, violin
Mark Chenevert, clarinet
Zach Pearson, guitar
Sven Larson, bass

What people say about this album:

The blend you achieve with the clarinet is extraordinary. Your CD is very musical and very precise. Intonation is flawless. You must be very proud of your music. — Christopher Baird, Watertown MA

I listened to your CD on the way home I love it! It cheers me up. — Kathy Larsen, Newton MA

Reminds me of music from Woody Allen’s film. This is the music I like and you guys executed very well. I want two more as presents for my friends! — John Kloubcher, Framingham MA

I just wanted to compliment you on your beautiful CD. I love all the music, but the pieces that you wrote yourself -- "Why Why" and "Reflections" -- are extraordinary! The passion and musicianship of your pieces remind me of the great Cuban music in Calle 54. It's a real treat this time of year with the chill in the air outside to have something warm and beautiful to listen to inside! Many thanks, — Mary Beth Hagen, Wayland MA

I got a chance to listen to the CD yesterday, and I found it very enjoyable. I didn't grow up with 'gypsy jazz,' and in fact have scarcely been exposed to the idiom. I do remember a Stephane Grappelli duet with Paul Simon (called "Hobo's Blues," if memory serves) on an early Simon & Garfunkel album. I've always loved that tune -- the joy of the playing is so palpable. The same is true of your album, where all the tunes are played with great joy and brio. I know that your covers are 'standards' of the genre, but I was rather more excited to hear the original compositions. After all, the jazz classics are already out in the world, but this will be the first time people will get to hear your music. — Bruce Sesnovich, Watertown MA

As a Grappelli/Reinhardt fan, I can vouch for/heartily recommend this CD. Excellent music and I believe Tomoko's playing compares very favorably with Stephane's. The original compositions are especially nice. — Dino LaChiusa



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