There are several bands worldwide maintaining his legacy, but the Hot Club of San Francisco is unique in that the band doesn't approach it as nostalgia or a pious musicology lecture. For one thing, the Hot Club uses two violins (whereas most groups use one), adding the occasional viola and saxophone. Not only does it include Django-era tunes; it ventures into cool jazz (Gerry Mulligan's "Limelight"), funky bebop (Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream"), and -- gasp -- rock music (the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"). These hepcats clearly love Django's inspiration too much to treat it as an airless museum piece, recognizing that his sound was -- and is -- classy, inspired fun.
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