The Best of Django Reinhardt Best of
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This new compilation from Blue Note culls 18 classic tracks from the gypsy jazz guitarist's seminal 1936-1948 period! Includes Nuages; Montmartre; St. Louis Blues; Limehouse Blues; Django's Tiger; Lady Be Good , and more.
Django Reinhardt was both the first great jazz-guitar soloist and the first European jazz musician to have a significant influence on American musicians. Just as Earl Hines had found a way to transfer Louis Armstrong's assertive solo style to the piano, Reinhardt did it with the acoustic guitar, mixing inventive melodic improvisation with a decorative gypsy-guitar idiom and vigorous rhythm. He did it most often with the Hot Club of France, a quintet including violinist Stephane Grappelli, two rhythm guitarists, and a bassist that created its own distinctive style, a lightly propulsive mix that was an ideal setting for Django's mix of drive, invention, and charm. The recordings here range from 1936 to 1948 and showcase Reinhardt with the Hot Club, clarinetist Hubert Rostaing, and trumpeter Rex Stewart. Included is a brilliant solo performance of his "Naguine." It's an excellent introduction to one of the most original voices in jazz of the period, to a fine composer as well as a unique guitarist. --Stuart Broomer
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Anways, sometimes we do come across some superb compilations of artists that have songs from a particular period of their recording career, which might have been the most fertile one yet. Thats what this compilation spells all over. WC Handy has been done justice to on this "St. Loius Blues" rendition. And we have Grappelli doing the rounds in some tracks with Reinhardt that makes some essential classic stuff that you might find readily on Various Artists Jazz compilations through the years.
"I'll see you in my dreams" stands out for me a definitive though maybe not reinhardt's signatgure tunes.
Well, to cut a long story short dont miss buying this album; even if you havent heard much of swing before.
Reinhardt was thE jazz guitar master, but his records are damn good fun. Like all the best jazz, it's overflowing with emotion but, more often than not, that emotion is witty, boisterous excitement.
Don't limit yourself to just this Reinhardt CD. Considering the point in history when he was at his artistic peak, his music was generally well recorded, and several producers/engineers/labels have made great efforts to clean up the sound. If nothing else, check out the 5-CD "box set" (not really a box, but 5 great CDs shrinkwrapped together). While my Reinhardt collection is hardly complete, I have yet to come across a less-than-excellent recording of this wonderful music.
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No way is this dude even listenable, let alone influential. Nobody plays like him or Grapelli and they aren't influencing anyone, even people who like them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Medici
I was disappointed with the recording sound quality. Sounded like tape. I'm not an expert on the music, just trying it out. It was ok.Published on Sept. 26 2009 by MRoad