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Friday, June 11, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Hot Club of Detroit

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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While often and easily associated with legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and his singular brand of swing, Hot Club of Detroit have made it a point to stretch beyond mere tribute-band status. They’ll be working even harder this year, since their gigs will inevitably be linked to Reinhardt Centennial celebrations. On their latest CD, It’s About That Time, Hot Club interpret pieces by Charles Mingus, Pat Martino, and Chopin. Yet they don’t abandon their Reinhardt roots, including three of the guitarist’s more obscure tunes on the album: “Duke and Dukie,” “Noto Swing,” and “Sweet Chorus.” All of this comes together in an effortless-sounding mix of new and old — swing, bop, and fusion are rendered with technical prowess that matches each player’s spirited soloing. So while the Reinhardt base remains solid, really anything goes here. Hot Club of Detroit play Nighttown at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. —Matt Marshall

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