Full of bawdy horns and lusty percussion, Jim Bianco's "Handsome Devil" is something of a naughty musical.

Full of bawdy horns and lusty percussion, Jim Bianco's "Handsome Devil" is something of a naughty musical. Characters in his latest self-released album include a femme fatale in a "marinara dress" and a lascivious groom -- their stories told amid a backdrop of jazz rhythms, blues, country and a heavy dose of irony.

The Berklee College of Music grad took inspiration from old-school Hollywood, notably Jumbo's Clown Room, a strip club he says has "a forgotten sort of class to it." Known to incorporate a tassel or two into his own shows, the Los Angeles musician recently returned from the national Hotel Cafe tour, which took its name from the L.A. haunt where Bianco had a Tuesday-night residency.

"Fingers crossed," Bianco says, the lineup -- which includes Cary Brothers and Imogen Heap -- will head out for a European jaunt in early 2006. Bianco will play the Hotel Cafe Dec. 6, and plans to tour Japan in February, where he is releasing an album of eight new songs. After all, he asks, "Every great band has to have a Japanese import, right?"