Plays the Blues

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
For more than a century, the blues has served as an elemental framework for jazz improvisation, and today, Django Reinhardt is revered among the greatest improvising artists who ever lived. Plays the Blues is a double-disc set released in 2010 by the Spanish reissue label Essential Jazz Classics. It is highly recommended as an effective way to absorb and comprehend the master guitarist's overall artistic contribution. 51 examples are drawn from the best years of Django's musical odyssey and feature most of the noteworthy musicians with whom he recorded from the mid-'30s until shortly before his demise, including some of the best jazz players in mainland Europe and several...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
For more than a century, the blues has served as an elemental framework for jazz improvisation, and today, Django Reinhardt is revered among the greatest improvising artists who ever lived. Plays the Blues is a double-disc set released in 2010 by the Spanish reissue label Essential Jazz Classics. It is highly recommended as an effective way to absorb and comprehend the master guitarist's overall artistic contribution. 51 examples are drawn from the best years of Django's musical odyssey and feature most of the noteworthy musicians with whom he recorded from the mid-'30s until shortly before his demise, including some of the best jazz players in mainland Europe and several visiting or expatriate American instrumentalists. Opening with W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" performed by Stéphane Grappelli's Hot Four on the last day of September 1935, the chronology includes a live appearance with Duke Ellington's Orchestra in 1946 and extends into March 1953 with "Blues for Ike," a cool salute to newly inaugurated U.S. president and former D-Day General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Because of the freedom of expression inherent in the blues and the rapid evolution of jazz at mid-century, there's more creative variety here than the title may suggest, and relative to the parameters of Reinhardt's accomplishments, a parallel could even be drawn with the 1962 Atlantic album Coltrane Plays the Blues. Even within a discography containing reissue compilations of every description, Reinhardt's Plays the Blues marks a new high point in the study of this internationally celebrated artist and the mingled traditions to which he devoted his life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Essential Jazz Class
  • EAN: 8436028694624
  • Catalog Number: 2869462
  • Sales rank: 136,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Louis Blues (3:30)
  2. 2 Limehouse Blues (3:11)
  3. 3 Limehouse Blues (2:46)
  4. 4 P.B. Flat Blues (2:55)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues (2:42)
  6. 6 Eddie's Blues (3:07)
  7. 7 Big Boy Blues (3:26)
  8. 8 Bill Coleman Blues (2:47)
  9. 9 Fiddle Blues (2:46)
  10. 10 Minor Swing (3:15)
  11. 11 Stephen's Blues (3:16)
  12. 12 Blues (3:02)
  13. 13 Blue Light Blues (3:06)
  14. 14 Farewell Blues (3:16)
  15. 15 Solid Old Man (3:05)
  16. 16 Low Cotton (3:02)
  17. 17 Blues Of Yesterday (2:35)
  18. 18 Boogie Woogie, Pts. 1 & 2 (5:26)
  19. 19 Limehouse Blues (2:28)
  20. 20 Blues (3:10)
  21. 21 Noël Blues (2:58)
  22. 22 Swinging The Blues (2:11)
  23. 23 Blues en Mineur (2:51)
  24. 24 Blues Clair (3:03)
  25. 25 Zuiderzee Blues (2:39)
  26. 26 Blues D'autrefois (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Uptown Blues (4:08)
  2. 2 Uptown Blues (3:17)
  3. 3 A Blues Riff (3:48)
  4. 4 Blues (2:37)
  5. 5 Minor Blues (2:46)
  6. 6 Blues For Barclay (2:51)
  7. 7 Blues For Barclay (2:59)
  8. 8 Django's Blues (3:04)
  9. 9 Blues Clair (2:41)
  10. 10 Minor Swing (2:49)
  11. 11 Blues Primitif (2:41)
  12. 12 Blues En Mineur (3:27)
  13. 13 St. Louis Blues (4:07)
  14. 14 Minor Blues (2:43)
  15. 15 Minor Swing (2:37)
  16. 16 C Jam Blues (2:36)
  17. 17 Minor Swing (2:25)
  18. 18 Royal Garden Blues (2:39)
  19. 19 St. Louis Blues (4:05)
  20. 20 C Jam Blues (3:34)
  21. 21 Boogie Woogie (3:26)
  22. 22 Blues (4:01)
  23. 23 Blues (2:52)
  24. 24 Blues For Ike (3:21)
  25. 25 D.R. Blues (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Django Reinhardt Primary Artist, Guitar, Violin
Cat Anderson Piano
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Stéphane Grappelli Piano, Violin, Celeste
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Pierre Michelot Bass
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Eddie South Violin
Rex Stewart Cornet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Taft Jordan Piano
Joe Turner Piano
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sonny Greer Drums
Alix Combelle Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jean Aldegon Alto Saxophone
Fletcher Allen Alto Saxophone
Pierre Allier Trumpet
Michel Attenoux Soprano Saxophone
Harold Baker Piano
Tommy Benford Drums
Benny Carter Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Drums
Max Blanc Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Philippe Brun Trumpet
Fud Candrix Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Alex Caturegli Trumpet
H.P. Chadel Drums
Noel Chiboust Tenor Saxophone
Paul Cordonnier Bass
Bill Decker Trombone
Duke Ellington Piano
Andre Ekyan Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hubert Fol Alto Saxophone
Pierre Fouad Drums
Nic Frerar Trombone
Maurice Giegas Trumpet
Frank "Big Boy" Goudie Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Roger Guerin Trumpet
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Len Harrison Bass
Shelton Hemphill Piano
Claude Jones Trombone
Bertie King Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Lemarchand Drums
Gaston Leonard Drums
Gerard Leveque Clarinet
Charles Lisee Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Willy Lockwood Bass
Francis Luca Bass
Lou Melon Trombone
Jerry Mengo Drums
Maurice Meunier Clarinet
Armand Migiani Baritone Saxophone
Robert Montmarche Drums
Janot Morales Trumpet
Bobby Naret Alto Saxophone
Andre Paquinet Trombone
Guy Paquinet Trombone
Benny Pauwels Tenor Saxophone
Nat Peck Trombone
Leo Petit Guitar
Guy Plum Alto Saxophone
Alex Renard Trumpet
Hubert Rostaing Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Gianni Safred Piano
Marceau Sarbib Bass
Lucien Simoens Bass
Emmanuel Soudieux Bass
Jerry Stephan Trumpet
Emil Stern Piano
Jean Storne Bass
Jean-Louis Viale Drums
Maurice Vander Piano
Benny Vasseur Trombone
Eugene Vees Guitar
Fernand Verstraete Trumpet
Louis Vola Bass
Christian Wagner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Michel Warlop Violin
Eugene d'Hellemmes Bass
Aurelio de Carolis Drums
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
York DeSouza Piano
Gerard Pochonet Drums
Paul Collot Piano
Louis Gasté Guitar
Maurice Gladieu Trombone
Charles Hary Tenor Saxophone
Robert Mavounzy Alto Saxophone
Robert Merchez Alto Saxophone
Carlo Pecori Bass
Jean Bouchety Bass
Michel de Villers Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Robin Gould Trumpet
Joseph Reinhardt Guitar
Ivon de Bie Piano
Ladislas Czabanyck Bass
André Jourdan Drums
Red Lacky Drums
Maurice Moufflard Trumpet
Ralph Schecroun Piano
Gus Wallez Trumpet
Larry Mann Piano
Andre Cauzard Trombone
Al Craig Drums
André Lafosse Trombone
Jo Boyer Trumpet
Pierre Deck Trombone
Charlie Lewis Piano
Gaston Moat Trombone
Jim Hayes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Don Gardner Trombone
Eddie Bernard Piano
Roger Allier Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paulette Izoard Violin
Jean Liesse Trumpet
Louis Menardi Trumpet
Lucien Devroye Trumpet
Herb Bass Trumpet
Bill Bethel Drums
Charlie Blareau Bass
Vincent Casino Trumpet
Paul Jeanjean Alto Saxophone
André Persiany Piano
Sylvio Schmidt Violin
Pierre Foucault Piano
Jean Fourmanoir Tenor Saxophone
Jean Belloni Tuba
Alphonse Masselier Bass
Henri Aspar Baritone Saxophone
Jean-Claude Fohrenbach Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Dallolmo Tenor Saxophone
Pierre "Baro" Ferret Guitar
Georges Gay Trumpet
Louis Soen Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Heath Trombone
Pierre Remy Trombone
Maurice Chailloux Drums
Bill Zickefoose Tenor Saxophone
Aime Barelli Trumpet
Bob Decker Bass
Andre Ross Tenor Saxophone
Joe Moser Alto Saxophone
Bernie Cavaliere Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Wilfong Trumpet
Ken Lowther Baritone Saxophone
Jean "Matlo" Ferret Guitar
Bernard Hulin Trumpet
Francois Vermeille Piano
Roger Paraboschi Drums
Robert Guinet Alto Saxophone
Raymond Wraskoff Piano
Raymond Goutart Violin
Pierre Martineau Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Nelly Kay Vocals
Marcel Siruno Trumpet
John Kirkpatrick Trombone
Jean Mauclaire Trumpet
Jean Heutchel Trumpet
Jacques Martinson Drums
Jack Any Alto Saxophone
Antoine Giaccardo Bass
André Llius Tenor Saxophone
Albert Piguillem Trumpet
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Bill Coleman Composer, Duet
Stéphane Grappelli Composer, Duet
Jimmie Lunceford Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Eddie South Composer, Duet
Rex Stewart Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Benny Carter Composer, Orchestra Director
Barney Bigard Composer
Philippe Brun Composer
Noel Chiboust Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Andre Ekyan Composer
Frank "Big Boy" Goudie Composer
Gerard Leveque Arranger
Paul Mares Composer
Jack Platt Director
Leon Roppolo Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Taylor Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Eddie Barclay Composer
Philip Braham Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Traditional Composer
Matías Rinar Annotation
Lonnie Wilfong Arranger
Jack Boulterman Composer
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