Ted G. recently mentioned, quite entertainingly, this hypothetical Hot Club Band
I'm in search of real-life counterparts to this group and it's mate, "The Quintet of the Hot Club of the Hanger Lane Gyratory System."
Here's my question: which self-released/obscure records do you all find ABOVE average or indespensible?
I'll try to draw some boundaries:
--Not an A-list American or European player (duh)
--Player/Group doesn't tour or plays only regionally for the most part
--More or less 'underground'
Also, what's strong about the record:
--a unique sound due to instrumentation/unusual repetoire?
So even if the "lead Django" is only an average picker, maybe the totality of the package puts it into heavy rotation on your cd player.
It doesn't have to be in the HCQ instrumentation; it only need involve strings and swing. Links to soundclips encouraged.
Thanks for any suggestions.