Billet-Deux: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat


Goodbye Pork Pie Hat





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Troy Chapman (guitar),

James Hinkley (cello), Josephina Hunner (guitar), Michael Yocco (bass), Roger Bennett (drums)


Composed by Charles Mingus


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

The promo material asks the listener to consider what a modern take on Django Reinhardt might sound like. Well, I have to say that hearing Mingus given the gypsy jazz treatment takes nothing away from either genre. (Yeah, Mingus really was his own genre.) This tune's modern blues becomes more introspective as guitars take a first pass at the well-worn theme. The introduction and truly swingin' gypsy jazz segments are bridged by a short passage featuring long cello lines and circular guitar figures, the brooding nature of which totally enhances the uplift to follow. I'm not sure what was more fun: hearing the two guitars play off each other, or witnessing the cello taking on the role of Stéphane Grappelli. You'll have to decide for yourself.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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