Djangology [Bluebird]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1949, guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli performed together for the first time since the outbreak of World War II put an end to the classic lineup of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, with the pair reuniting in an Italian recording studio and laying down a number of tunes with a solid local rhythm section. In 1961, 12 songs from those sessions were released in the United States by RCA Victor under the name Djangology and with Grappelli's name misspelled on the cover; this expanded CD reissue features 23 tunes recorded during Reinhardt and Grappelli's Rome sessions. Stylistically, this material doesn't represent a dramatic departure from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1949, guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli performed together for the first time since the outbreak of World War II put an end to the classic lineup of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, with the pair reuniting in an Italian recording studio and laying down a number of tunes with a solid local rhythm section. In 1961, 12 songs from those sessions were released in the United States by RCA Victor under the name Djangology and with Grappelli's name misspelled on the cover; this expanded CD reissue features 23 tunes recorded during Reinhardt and Grappelli's Rome sessions. Stylistically, this material doesn't represent a dramatic departure from the material Reinhardt recorded in the 1930s while he'd been experimenting with an electric guitar at the time, these are fully acoustic sessions, though there are glimmers of new ideas the great guitarist had picked up along the way, most notably a few bop-influenced solos. But Reinhardt's trademark gypsy swing is still as effortlessly enthusiastic as ever, and his by-play with Grappelli is simply wonderful; the intuitive symmetry of their performances is a marvel, and it's hard to imagine that these musicians had spent ten years apart, given the ease and finesse with which they work together. Bassist Carlo Pecori and drummer Aurelio de Carolis support the soloists well without imposing their personalities too strongly on the arrangements, and pianist Gianni Safred's free-spirited bounce meshes well with Reinhardt and Grappelli's more adventurous swing. While the recording quality isn't perfect, it's noticeably better than the duo's earlier sessions, and the remastering for this collection brings out the details without taking the edges out of the sound. Djangology is a lovely set of late-era performances from Django Reinhardt, and if it isn't an ideal collection of his work, it's certainly better and better presented than most Reinhardt CD's currently on the market, and stands as further proof of the guitarist's casual genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266395729
  • Catalog Number: 63957
  • Sales rank: 20,994

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Django Reinhardt Primary Artist, Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli Violin
Gianni Safred Piano
Aurelio de Carolis Drums
Carlo Pecori Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Stéphane Grappelli Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Frank Vignola Liner Notes
Matty Malneck Composer
Ken Robertson Mastering
Eric Stern Composer
Bob Reisner Composer
Don Gold Liner Notes
Al Hoffman Composer
Eugene Lockhart Composer
Ernest Seitz Composer
Maurice Sigler Composer
Seth Foster Engineer
Al Goodhart Composer
Public Domain Composer
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