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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The dozen recordings on this CD a straight reissue of an earlier Prestige LP are not Django Reinhardt's very first recordings, nor are these all of the early selections by the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Actually included are 11 of the classic string group's first 20 numbers, plus a version of "The Sheik of Araby" from a date led by Alix Combelle doubling on clarinet and tenor. But although this CD is not for completists, there are many memorable and highly enjoyable performances. Guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli backed by two rhythm guitars and bassist Louis Vola made for a perfect team from the start, as can be heard on such numbers as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The dozen recordings on this CD a straight reissue of an earlier Prestige LP are not Django Reinhardt's very first recordings, nor are these all of the early selections by the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Actually included are 11 of the classic string group's first 20 numbers, plus a version of "The Sheik of Araby" from a date led by Alix Combelle doubling on clarinet and tenor. But although this CD is not for completists, there are many memorable and highly enjoyable performances. Guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli backed by two rhythm guitars and bassist Louis Vola made for a perfect team from the start, as can be heard on such numbers as "Tiger Rag," "Dinah" "Avalon" and even "Swanee River." A four-piece brass section including trumpeter soloist Arthur Briggs joins the quintet on "Avalon" and "Smoke Rings." An excellent introduction to early Reinhardt and Grappelli.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218189521
  • Catalog Number: 1895
  • Sales rank: 15,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Django Reinhardt Primary Artist, Guitar
St├ęphane Grappelli Piano, Violin
Alix Combelle Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Allier Trumpet
Arthur Briggs Trumpet
Roger Chaput Rhythm Guitar
Pierre Ferret Rhythm Guitar
Louis Vola Bass
Eugene d'Hellemmes Trombone
Joseph Reinhardt Rhythm Guitar
Alphonse Cox Trumpet
Arthur Griggs Trumpet
Technical Credits
Django Reinhardt Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Alix Combelle Contributor
Kirk Felton Remastering
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Don Schlitten Reissue Producer
Larry Shields Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Gene Gifford Composer
Martin Williams Liner Notes
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
H. E. Gifford Composer
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
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