Hot Club of Cow town

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Paul A, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Did anyone from the U.K. see "The Hot Club of Cow Town" on Jools Holland's show a few weeks back?
    They are a jazz trio, the guy on double bass was truly awesome.
    Anyone know anything about them?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yup - but it's not what I would call "Jazz"!! ;)
  3. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    O.K. - Maybe not jazz (purist) but that bass player is amazing!
  4. Nuggulux


    Oct 24, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    The Hotclub of Cowtown is Western Swing, pure and plain. While that genre doesn't fit in with a narrow definition of jazz ---- which is a whole argument in itself --- it is indeed jazz, albeit jazz played by white country musicians. At least originally. The Hotclub are more afficiandos of the style who have added their own touch.

    Sure the band has strong elements of white rural music, but they have just as many elements of jazz, from Stephane Grappelly/Joe Venuti violin playing, to Eddie Lang/George Van Eps/Freddie Green guitar playing. But yeah, their bassist is great. He's got the quiet walk of Paul Chambers and the violent slap of Wellman Braud.