At His Best: Sweet & Lowdown

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-disc collection from Spain's Definitive label is divided into two distinct periods in Django Reinhardt's career. The first disc is made up of various tracks from the original Hot Club of France Quintet with Stephane Grappelli and Louis Vola from 1936 and 1937. Classic and definitive performances of "I'se A Muggin," "Oriental Shuffle," "Sweet Chorus," "Mystery Pacific," "Are You In the Mood," and "Swing Guitars" are contained here, as well as wonderfully varied covers of such vernacular tunes as "Georgia On My Mind," "Limehouse Blues," "In A Sentimental Mood," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Disc Two comprises recordings from Reinhardt made between 1940 and 1949, four of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-disc collection from Spain's Definitive label is divided into two distinct periods in Django Reinhardt's career. The first disc is made up of various tracks from the original Hot Club of France Quintet with Stephane Grappelli and Louis Vola from 1936 and 1937. Classic and definitive performances of "I'se A Muggin," "Oriental Shuffle," "Sweet Chorus," "Mystery Pacific," "Are You In the Mood," and "Swing Guitars" are contained here, as well as wonderfully varied covers of such vernacular tunes as "Georgia On My Mind," "Limehouse Blues," "In A Sentimental Mood," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Disc Two comprises recordings from Reinhardt made between 1940 and 1949, four of them guitar solos, and the rest with a wildly varying group of musicians. Two of the bands represented here are Django's American Swing Big Band and Django and His American Swing Band, which featured Shelton Heath, Bill Bethel, and Jim Hayes. The later material, as one would surmise, is far more adventurous, though sometimes the music suffers as a result of Reinhardt's experiments with tonality and volume. Nonetheless, for the price, this is a fine introduction to the greatest, yes, greatest, guitar stylist jazz has ever known.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Definitive Spain
  • EAN: 8436006491665
  • Catalog Number: 11166

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'se A-Muggin' (3:09)
  2. 2 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:24)
  3. 3 Oriental Shuffle (2:41)
  4. 4 After You've Gone (3:09)
  5. 5 Are You in the Mood? (2:52)
  6. 6 Limehouse Blues (2:48)
  7. 7 Nagasaki (2:52)
  8. 8 Swing Guitars (2:27)
  9. 9 Georgia on My Mind (3:16)
  10. 10 Shine (2:58)
  11. 11 In the Still of the Night (3:07)
  12. 12 Sweet Chorus (2:46)
  13. 13 Hot Lips (3:06)
  14. 14 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:55)
  15. 15 Rose Room (2:47)
  16. 16 Body and Soul (3:28)
  17. 17 When Day Is Done (3:15)
  18. 18 Runnin' Wild (2:57)
  19. 19 Chicago (3:28)
  20. 20 Liebestraum No. 3 (3:21)
  21. 21 Miss Annabelle Lee (2:51)
  22. 22 A Little Love, a Little Kiss (3:21)
  23. 23 Mystery Pacific (2:22)
  24. 24 In a Sentimental Mood (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Improvisation (2:58)
  2. 2 Parfum (3:02)
  3. 3 St. Louis Blues (2:44)
  4. 4 Minor Swing (3:18)
  5. 5 You Rascal You (3:07)
  6. 6 Sweet Georgia Brown (3:18)
  7. 7 Tears (2:51)
  8. 8 Daphne (2:53)
  9. 9 Begin the Beguine (2:56)
  10. 10 Swing '41 (3:11)
  11. 11 Nuages (3:21)
  12. 12 Pour Vous (Exactly Like You) (3:14)
  13. 13 Vendredi 13 (3:08)
  14. 14 Mabel (3:22)
  15. 15 Petits Mensonges (Little White Lies) (3:18)
  16. 16 Les Yeux Noirs (2:16)
  17. 17 Sweet Sue, Just You (2:52)
  18. 18 Swing de Paris (3:03)
  19. 19 Oiseaux des Iles (2:52)
  20. 20 All of Me (2:47)
  21. 21 Swing '42 (2:49)
  22. 22 Manoir de Mes Reves (3:21)
  23. 23 Djangology (2:36)
  24. 24 Echoes of France (La Marseillaise) (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Django Reinhardt Primary Artist
John Kirkpatrick Trombone
Stéphane Grappelli Piano, Violin
Alix Combelle Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Allier Trumpet
Marcel Bianchi Guitar
Philippe Brun Trumpet
Bill Decker Trombone
Andre Ekyan Alto Saxophone
Pierre Ferret Guitar
Pierre Fouad Drums
Coleridge Goode Bass
Gaston Leonard Drums
Gerard Leveque Clarinet
Jack Llewelyn Guitar
Francis Luca Bass
Guy Paquinet Trombone
Al Piguilem Trumpet
Jack Platt Conductor
Alex Renard Trumpet
Hubert Rostaing Clarinet
Tony Rovira Bass
Lucien Simoens Bass
Emmanuel Soudieux Bass
Jerry Stephan Trumpet
Jean Storne Bass
Freddy Taylor Vocals
Eugene Vees Guitar
Louis Vola Bass
Eugene d'Hellemmes Bass
Louis Gasté Guitar
Robin Gould Trumpet
Joseph Reinhardt Guitar
Lonnie Wilflong Trumpet
Bill Zickenfoose Tenor Saxophone
Larry Mann Piano
Andre Lluis Clarinet
Robert Decker Bass
Pierre Deck Trombone
Charlie Lewis Piano
Gaston Moat Trombone
Jim Hayes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Don Gardner Trombone
Herb Bass Trumpet
Allan Hodgkiss Guitar
Technical Credits
Franz Liszt Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Henry Busse Composer
Stéphane Grappelli Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Will J. Harris Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Stuff Smith Composer
Victor Young Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Arthur Gibbs Composer
Art Hickman Composer
Harry Richman Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Leo Wood Composer
Henry Lange Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Adrian Ross Composer
Traditional Composer
Harry Williams Composer
Robert Katscher Composer
Joe Grey Composer
Leo Silesu Composer
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