Hot Club of Detroit–It’s About That Time

Easy to listen to?  Yes.

Easy listening?  No.

Homage-paying?  Yep.

Mind-expanding?  Just a little bit.

Drink-pairing:  Mid-priced Cabernet, or a Cosmopolitan.

HCOD is a tight young group that’s one part Art Blakey, another part Toots Thielemans, and several other parts Django.  They’re smooth, urbane, but with a rugged driving quality nonetheless.  There’s a lot of talent here, and it’s clear that this group has listened well to the masters, taking cues from Mingus, Miles, Martino, and even Chopin.  Technically, they’re sharp as tacks, and It’s About that Time plays like a showcase.  It’s a fun little variety show, a quick jaunt through somebody’s Eurotrip photo album.

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Roy Haynes is 85. Wish him happy birthday.

But seriously, I just saw him at Sculler’s and it was a really solid, if brief, set. Really energetic. Very listenable, even for non-jazz-aficionados. He’s managed to really evolve and keep his drive, which is a joy to watch.

I’m currently listening to John Zorn live at Willisau (Emergency) and enjoying it.

Sam out.

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Stuff I’m listening to.


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