I mean it. In a forest of young people playing and attempting to honor this classic music, Les Red Hot Reedwarmers are both ecstatic and expert — musical racing-car drivers who are also capable of deep lyricism. I caught them in action at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party on November 2, 2013.
They are Aurelie Tropez and Stephane Gillot, clarinets / saxophones (married and parents for those who like to know such things); Henri Lemaire, banjo / guitar; Martin Seck, piano; Jean-Phillippe Palma, bass; Julien Richard, drums and percussion.
Alex Hill’s moody, unforgettable DELTA BOUND (one of those songs that, once remembered, sticks in one’s mind):
VARIETY STOMP, where they simulate the fervor of the 1927 Henderson band:
RED HOT STARTERS, a new composition by Stephane:
CANDY LIPS (like VARIETY STOMP, a frolic):
LOVE, YOUR MAGIC SPELL IS EVERYWHERE, in honor of Mike Durham and Jimmie Noone:
LRHR began as a very inspired reinvention of Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra, but they have blossomed imaginatively since their start. Please note how ingenious and multi-layered each performance is — a small concerto for six instruments, with variations in timbre and sound achieved not only by impressive instrument-swapping but also through orchestral textures. Not only are they marvelous technicians, but they have a thoroughly original approach to their music, which makes their performances lively and varied. They’ve also recorded wonderful compact discs for Stomp Off Records: KING JOE (2005); APEX BLUES (2007); RED HOT STARTERS (2013).
May your happiness increase!