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mpvernon on 10/07/2009 at 10:00AM
Latche Swing is a swing jazz quintet out of Rouen, France that successfully attempts to emulate the great Gypsy Jazz sound of the Quintette du Hot Club de France which prominently featured the great guitar and violin combination of Django Rheinhardt and Stephanne Grappelli. However Latche Swing changes the instrumentation a bit by substituting the sound of soprano saxophone for violin. The personnel consists of Facundo Fernandez on soprano sax, Bertrand Tailleux on lead guitar, Remi Pacault on rhythm guitar and Nicolas Beucher on bass. "Hungaria" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" are especially nice romps in the early swing style but all the tracks on this 2008 demo album are worthwhile. All the musicians are exceptional but I really like Fernandez who shows off a smidgen of Sidney Bechet in his soprano sax sound. A delightful 24 minutes of music any way you swing it.