I just picked up Doug Wamble's new album (along with Christian Escoudé's "A Suite for Gypsies"...Amoeba Records rules!) and was perusing the liner notes, written by guitarist Matt Munisteri, when one paragraph leaped out at me. Here is an excerpt:
"Throughout his career, Doug's instrument of choice has been a relatively under-utilized voice in modern Jazz: the acoustic guitar. Yet at a time when every crossroad with a zip code and a convenience store has suddenly sprouted its own 'Hot Club,' Wamble has chosen to forsake the feather-weight tone and shrilly trills of these freshly pencil-mustached young men, and instead tips his hat to the darker, more sonorous syncopations of other guitarists of the 1930s. The often overlooked tones and attackes of Bernard Addison, Mike McKendrick, Teddy Bunn and Oscar Aleman pop up in his modernist phrases in unexpected ways...."
How's that for throwing down the gauntlet? Dang. I really like Wamble and Munisteri, as well as many of the modern Django-stylists. Is Munisteri finding a conflict where there isn't one? Is it just a matter of taste regarding tone? Is he commenting on a perceived drift of Hot Club-style music away from the realm of "Jazz"?