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The spirit of Django lives on if a little chaotically at times,
This review is from: Junction (Audio CD)
I bought this album having played my copy of Martin Taylor's wonderful Last Train to Hauteville so much that had it been vinyl it would be wearing out. I didn't know the Hot Club of Detroit but on Junction I found an updated Paris Jazz sound with virtuoso playing on reeds, accordion, guitars and bass (but no drums - not that I noticed their absence until someone pointed it out to me).
The band are joined on three tracks by French singer Cyrille Aimée, and very good she is too, providing an authentic French vocalisation which momentarily transports listeners to a smoky bar in Montmarte.
The accordion playing is a delight - an instrument that can sound a little tired on its own comes alive in the Chicago ensemble and fills out the sound of the band with panache and style.
There is no point going through the tracks one by one as this information can be found on the CD page on Amazon. While most of the tracks are well within the Paris Jazz genre, at times the band moves off into the avant garde (the track Chutzpah for example) when to me the sound degenerates into a cacophony. This is only a small part of the album, but I personally find myself skipping tracks when everyone seems to be playing different things at the same time and for me this gives the album four stars rather than five. Despite this I enjoyed this album greatly. I will definitely purchase other albums by the band soon.