FAME Review: Hot Club of Cowtown - Rendezvous in Rhythm
Hot Club of Cowtown - Rendezvous in Rhythm

Rendezvous in Rhythm

Hot Club of Cowtown

Proper Records - GS004

Available from Proper Records - UK.
Check Hot Club's web site for US availability.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is the music of Paris in the 30's; the music of Django Reinhart and Stephane Grapelli; the synergy of hot fiddle and blazing guitar supported by upright bass, all played acoustically. Those two Europeans fell in love with the music of Louie Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and decided to try playing it on their two non-traditional, at that time, jazz instruments, and a new musical form was born. Their music blends blazing passion with speed and precision. This is a Lloyd Maines produced disc recorded in Dripping Springs, Texas, and yes there is just a touch of Western Swing a la Bob Wills on this disc also (less Western Swing on this their seventh disc than on previous ones).

Hot Club of Cowtown came about when Elana James, violin, placed an advertisment in NYC newspaper and Whit Smith, guitar, answered and that was the start. After several changes in the configuration of the band and a move to Austin, Texas, it solidified with the addition of Jake Erwin, bass. The music has morphed and grown and with this disc; it is the lights of Paris that shine brighter than the stars of Plains of Texas. The music as always is dynamic and filled with the band's energy, bright and scintillating. Always overflowing with the precision and inspiration of the Romanian and French musicians, the music sparkles and jumps out of the speakers with a startling virtuosity and joie de vivre.

Track List:

  • Dark Eyes / "Ochi Chornye"
  • I'm In The Mood For Love
  • Crazy Rhythm
  • Avalon
  • If I Had You
  • The Continental
  • Minor Swing
  • Melancholy Baby
  • I'm Confessin'
  • Sweet Sue, Just You
  • Slow Boat To China
  • Sunshine Of Your Smile
  • Back In Your Own Backyard
  • Douce Ambiance

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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