Friday March 11, 2011
As unpredictable, fearless, and entertaining as their namesake, Le Chat Lunatique purveys an
addictive genre they call “filthy, mangy jazz,” a signature sound that makes you want to
smoke and drink too much—if only you could get off the dance floor. Le jazz hot of Django
Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli is their north star, but they use that beacon to navigate
through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae, doowop, and
“anything else we damn well please” into strikingly original compositions and audaciously
reworked standards alike.