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Drawing on the Hot Club style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Hot Club Sandwich adds classic Latin American, old-world European and other influences, including a bit of West Coast twang. The fourth release from Seattle-based Hot Club Sandwich begins in Hicksville with a guest vocal performance by Dan Hicks (Charlatans, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks) on "I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me." From there, And If Only takes listeners from smokey cafes of Paris to the hipster backstreets of 1930's Harlem, careening along a winding musical road filled with yodeling cowboys, a band of Mexican violinists, and spirited Gypsy jazz guitar slingers. With a hat tip to the city that gave birth to jazz, Hot Club Sandwich offers a fresh treatment of the classic Hoagie Carmichael tune, "New Orleans."
The Hot Club Sandwich sound blends reverence for traditions with vibrant acoustic interplay, which shines in the group's many original compositions, including "Deja Vu" and the title track, "And If Only."
I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me