All Star Sessions

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353157722
  • Catalog Number: 31577

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Montmartre (2:25)
  2. 2 Low Cotton (3:01)
  3. 3 Finesse (Night Wind) (2:21)
  4. 4 I Know That You Know (2:33)
  5. 5 Solid Old Man (3:04)
  6. 6 Honeysuckle Rose (2:48)
  7. 7 Crazy Rhythm (3:03)
  8. 8 Out of Nowhere (3:20)
  9. 9 Sweet Georgia Brown (3:03)
  10. 10 I'm Coming, Virginia (3:05)
  11. 11 Farewell Blues (3:19)
  12. 12 Blue Light Blues (3:07)
  13. 13 Blue Moon (3:17)
  14. 14 Avalon (3:04)
  15. 15 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (3:23)
  16. 16 Stardust (3:10)
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Album Credits

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
Malcolm Addey Remastering
Tommy Benford Drum Arrangements
Benny Carter Arranger, Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Luciano Salvatore Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Taylor Composer
Billy Taylor Sr. Composer
Charles Delauney Producer
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