Jon Larson at Hot Club Records has done it again! Basically a vol. 2 of the "Tziganskaia" album, this is a compilation of the Matelo's singular voice as a soloist from in the 1950's and 1960's. Backed by what was considered then a 'modern' rhythm section: bass, drums, vibes (or piano) with rhythm guitar; Matelo sounds very American on these tracks, with that cool, earthy 1950's guitar sound. Playing either electric (single pick-up Royal arch top) or acoustic the repertoire includes some great standards (I Surrender Dear, Pennies From Heaven, Out of Nowhere), five heretofore unreleased tracks written by Django and many of Matelo's own compositions. Also included are Baro's original 'Valse Bebop' sessions with Jo Privat from the 1940's. There is so much to learn from these sides and it really is a must for anyone interested in this style, or interested in learning what was going on in Paris at this time.
I've had most of these tracks in vinyl for 10 years, but haven't listened to them in so long because I don't have a turntable anymore
The remastering is fantastic and the sound quality amazing; except for one or two items that might be private recordings.
Downloadable via iTunes for a paltry $10. with a great pdf of the liner notes. Support the independents and let Jon know that there is a market for the reissues. You won't be disappointed!