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Hot Town
Ghost Train Orchestra

"Hot Town is all about fun." 
–Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes

"[A] friendly handshake of easy-going enthusiam and abounding good cheer." 
–birdistheworm.com 

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Arranger, transcriber, trumpeter and singer (stay tuned!) Brian Carpenter and his Ghost Train Orchestra shine a brilliant light on under-recognized early big band music of the late 1920s.

Their Accurate debut, Hothouse Stomp, and followup Book of Rhapsodies, were wildly successful and critically acclaimed.

Hot Town finds the band in top form, recorded by Grammy Award winner Danny Blume, playing exciting and sophisticated arrangements with contemporary energy and attitude.

Of previous GTO albums, critics have written...

"Carpenter leads a suberb band of New York-based vanguardists [who maintain] the contrapuntal flash, sweet voicings, and fiery rhythms of the original era..." 

--Peter Margasak, Downbeat


"Music from the heart of the Jazz Age that still has a raucous immediacy. Every track...has the hookiness of a pop hit." --Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix


"There hasn'’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever...GTO is creating its own electrifying musical gold." 

--Andrew Velez, New York City Jazz Record


"The arrangements...pop like fireworks." --Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance


"Brian Carpenter, who plays the trumpet here, took these old-old recordings, transcribed them for a ten-piece band and added his own touches. It's music with grit to it, with drive and raw energy. It's delightfully familiar, too — or is it? ...Plenty of delights for the close listener." 

--Patrick Jarenwattananon, for All Things Considered


Brian Carpenter: trumpet, harmonica

Dennis Lichtman: clarinet

Andy Laster: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone

Curtis Hasselbring: trombone

Mazz Swift: violin, vocals

Jordan Voelker: viola, musical saw

Cynthia Sayer: plectrum banjo

Ron Caswell: tuba

Rob Garcia: drums

Colin Stetson: bass saxophone

Andrew Stern: tenor banjo