It's a Zazou twist on the traditional "Djangology", it's..."Djangolotry"!
Recorded in February 2005, "Djangolotry" features the Zazou quintet (Rhythm Guitars, Lead Guitar, Accordion, Upright Bass and Vocals). Various special guests lend their talents to many tracks on the album (Joseph Mascorella - drums and percussion, Jim Knodle - Trumpet, Reggie Miles - Musical Saw, Sean Divine - Harmonica). The album includes many classic tunes, such as Rythme Gitan and Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours, as well as many original compositions by Ryan Hoffman, Hugh Sutton and Ms. Jessica. "Djangolotry" presents a well-crafted and diverse musical landscape, from Gypsy Jazz to Louis Prima to Waltz, always with the exuberance and humor that is Zazou.
Unavoidable Consequence of Being Me
The Trouble With Boys and Girls
Now They Call It Swing
Beyond the Sunset
Où Est-il Donc?
Zazou's first album and Djangolotry were recorded, engineered and mixed by the lovely and talented Don Gunn. Check out his website at: www.dongunn.com
By Christine LaPado of the News and Review in Chico, CA
Seattle-based Zazou’s Djangolotry hasn’t left my CD player for days. “Euro Jazz, French Musette and American Swing” is how the band describes its musical mix. I say: The most infectious blend of Django Reinhardt, Latin jazz and Benny Goodman-style swing that I’ve ever heard. No big band here; just a small one (five-piece) that kicks ass, but smoothly and subtly. Thoroughly sexy and playful, featuring amazing musicians clearly in love with the music, Djangolotry is, simply, magnifique. Accordion player/lead vocalist Hugh Sutton’s original, title track “Djangolotry” is as close to vintage Reinhardt as it gets. Co-lead vocalist and upright bassist Ms. Jessica’s vocalizing (with her slight, endearing lisp) in both French and English on her “Unavoidable Consequence of Being Me” is the most captivating, adorable thing--bien sur--I’ve heard in ages.