Review: Benoit Vieillefon Hot Club – Live At The Quecumbar

Posted on: Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Benoit Vieillefon Hot Club – Live At The Quecumbar

(John John Records)

Not quite blues this one, but some may be interested – from ska revivalists The Trojans to Django Reinhardt might seem a giant step, but it is one that the slightly dodgily-named (it’s just too convenient) singer and guitarist Benoit Vieillefon has taken quite comfortably.

 Having assembled a stellar cast of internationally acclaimed musicians on trumpet, clarinet and saxophone, double bass, accordion and second guitar, he leads them through a light-hearted vintage programme of gypsy jazz, French chanson and musette, and 20s and 30s jazz..

Recorded with two microphones at the front of the stage (and the audience noise only adds to the ambiance), this is acoustic music with swing and panache, unashamedly retro, more than a little kitsch, highly accomplished and great fun. Remember Django Reinhardt was a big influence on a youngster called Riley King…

NORMAN DARWEN

www.johnjohnrecords.com

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