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All Star Sessions
     

All Star Sessions

by Django Reinhardt
 
The studio sessions within this CD were produced by Charles Delauney in Paris during the late '30s, when a number of prominent Americans were either passing through or temporarily taking up residence in Europe. Django Reinhardt was a relative newcomer to jazz, but quickly became a leading player on the continent, and is present on

Overview

The studio sessions within this CD were produced by Charles Delauney in Paris during the late '30s, when a number of prominent Americans were either passing through or temporarily taking up residence in Europe. Django Reinhardt was a relative newcomer to jazz, but quickly became a leading player on the continent, and is present on four very different sessions in this collection. A quartet led by cornetist Rex Stewart includes fellow Ellington veterans Barney Bigard on clarinet and bassist Billy Taylor, though the Americans and their gypsy guitarist eschew the Ellington songbook and find their own sound in a date dominated by originals written by Stewart or Taylor. Reinhardt is prominently featured as a soloist and proves himself in ensembles as well as backing others' solos. The only standard present is a swinging "I Know That You Know." The guitarist is part of Michel Warlop's orchestra with special guest Coleman Hawkins for a 1935 session, though the rather square arrangements haven't stood the test of time too well. The highlight of this date is "Star Dust," which includes Hawkins with only the rhythm section of Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli (on piano), and bassist Eugene d'Hellemmes. Reinhardt and Grappelli (again, exclusively on piano) are both present in an all-star ensemble led by Hawkins, which also features Benny Carter (on both alto sax and trumpet). Carter's swinging arrangements make these four tracks a joy to hear, though Reinhardt only solos on "Honeysuckle Rose." Although most of these selections have appeared regularly on a number of earlier CDs and LPs, this current collection is worth acquiring, especially for the small-group date led by Stewart.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724353157722
catalogNumber:
31577

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Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Piano
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Alix Combelle   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Allen   Alto Saxophone
Pierre Allier   Trumpet
Benny Carter   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Drums
Arthur Briggs   Trumpet
Maurice Chailou   Drums
Noel Chiboust   Trumpet
Andre Ekyan   Alto Saxophone
Len Harrison   Bass
Bertie King   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Lisee   Alto Saxophone
Robert Montmarche   Drums
York DeSouza   Piano
Guy Pacquinet   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dexter Gordon   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Tommy Benford   Drum Arrangements
Benny Carter   Arranger,Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Billy Taylor   Composer
Billy Taylor   Composer
Charles Delauney   Producer

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