After two Saturday night sets at The Jazz Kitchen, it's safe to say that the Hot Club of Detroit has amassed a solid Indy fanbase. Picking and choosing from dixieland, bossa nova, bop and Flamenco, the group created a hybrid-genre that was completely their own.
The three outwardly melodic instrumentalists - Carl Cafagna on reeds, lead guitarist Evan Perri and accordionist Julien Labro - shared a similar soloing style. One player would start a line, then another would embellish - taking it from the "Tough to Play" category, and moving it to "Damn Near Impossible" - before finishing off the musical idea put forward by the first player. Ideas bounced around the band with no limits. While keeping a deep pocket with his walking lines, bassist Shannon Wade would add in hints of what the soloists were doing at that moment, catching and anticipating key licks and details.
The only real gripe I all night was all the tunes seemed formulaic. Head, then solos by guitar, reeds, accordion, then trading fours between the soloists, then maybe a bass solo, then back to the head and out. Only towards the end did the group get more adventurous. Their last tune, an untitled track from their upcoming album, showed that the group could handle tunes with more complex forms and time signatures.