Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Swing Hotel Du Vin

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Swing Hotel Du Vin

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Django's Castle with Bruce Adams

Swing Hotel du Vin

Big Bear BEAR CD 48


Bruce Adams(t) Pere Soto, Josep Traver(g) John Marti (b) Birmingham International Jazz Festival, at the Hotel du Vin, July 6, 2008

Limehouse Blues / In a Mellotone / Nobody's Sweetheart / Minor Swing / I'll See You in My Dreams / Body and Soul/Rosetta / Rose Room / Swing Gitane / I'm Confessin' That I Love You / Night and Day / Moppin' the Bride / Nuages / Sweet Georgia Brown TT: 59.26

A Barcelona-based trio inspired by Django Reinhardt and a Scottish/swing-to-bop trumpeter may not be predictable session mates, but the concept works extremely well. Digby Fairweather's typically knowledgeable and enthusiastic notes explain that Bruce's dad was a Django-fanatic guitarist and anyway good musicians always find common ground. The repertoire of familiar standards with a sprinkling of three of Django's better known compositions also provides a comfort zone for the players.

Django's Castle was formed 25 years ago as a vehicle for Pere Soto's highly personal take on the Reinhardt Gypsy jazz style. Bruce comes from the long tradition of outstanding Scots, from Tommy McQuater and George Chisholm onwards, who moved south to show the Sassenachs how to swing. …

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