The Django Reinhardt NY Festival: Live at Birdland

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Whether or not many jazz guitarists have any gypsy blood, the influence of Django Reinhardt is often readily apparent in their playing. The Django Reinhardt NY Festival saluted the late master with several critically acclaimed concerts at Birdland in the fall of 2000, featuring no fewer than five Django-influenced guitarists, including his son, Babik Reinhardt (heard in one of his last recordings prior to his death a year later), as well as veteran Bucky Pizzarelli, two rising stars in their thirties, Frank Vignola and Birelli Lagrene, and finally the young sensation Jimmy Rosenberg. Most of the pieces, which include both timeless standards and originals by Reinhardt, date ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Whether or not many jazz guitarists have any gypsy blood, the influence of Django Reinhardt is often readily apparent in their playing. The Django Reinhardt NY Festival saluted the late master with several critically acclaimed concerts at Birdland in the fall of 2000, featuring no fewer than five Django-influenced guitarists, including his son, Babik Reinhardt (heard in one of his last recordings prior to his death a year later), as well as veteran Bucky Pizzarelli, two rising stars in their thirties, Frank Vignola and Birelli Lagrene, and finally the young sensation Jimmy Rosenberg. Most of the pieces, which include both timeless standards and originals by Reinhardt, date from his heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, with the exception of originals by Rosenberg and Babik Reinhardt. The guitarists are mixed or matched in pairs or a trio, joined by bassist Jon Burr (who was Stephane Grappelli's bassist for the last decade of his life) and on occasion, violinists Regina Carter or Florin Niculescu, the brushes of Joe Ascione, and pianist Pete Malinverni. It is tough to pick a favorite between Rosenberg, Vignola, and Lagrene (the spotlighted players, though Pizzarelli is no slouch), as their instinctive interplay and reactions to one another throughout the CD are a treat. Carter, however, is a clear cut above Niculescu, whose solos just aren't as striking. Most of the tracks are short and to the point, excepting an almost ten-minute interpretation of Django's best-known composition, "Nuages," though the quick run through Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" rivals it as the most memorable performance. Fans of jazz guitar will devour this very tasty release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678349829
  • Catalog Number: 83498
  • Sales rank: 183,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sheik of Araby - Jimmy Rosenberg (2:36)
  2. 2 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - Jimmy Rosenberg (5:15)
  3. 3 Swing 49 - Jimmy Rosenberg (6:16)
  4. 4 Bei Dir War Es Immer So Schön - Jimmy Rosenberg (4:49)
  5. 5 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Jimmy Rosenberg (3:08)
  6. 6 Nuages - Florin Niculescu (9:57)
  7. 7 Turkish Delights - Jimmy Rosenberg (3:12)
  8. 8 Angelo's Song - Jimmy Rosenberg (4:26)
  9. 9 Gypsymania - Jimmy Rosenberg (3:43)
  10. 10 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Jimmy Rosenberg (4:41)
  11. 11 Une Histoire Simple - Florin Niculescu (5:20)
  12. 12 Limehouse Blues - Jimmy Rosenberg (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Biréli Lagrène Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Babik Reinhardt Guitar
Pete Malinverni Piano
Joe Ascione Percussion
Jon Burr Bass
Regina Carter Violin
Frank Vignola Guitar
Leroy Williams Drums
Jimmy Rosenberg Guitar
Florin Niculescu Violin
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Ettore Stratta Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dorothy Fields Composer
Mike Peters Liner Notes
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
David Ruffo Engineer
Pat Philips Producer, Liner Notes
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Django would be proud !!!!!!

    This is a great disc to have if you are a jazz guitar fan. To me Django was the pace setter for many jazz guitarist to come. This disc has plenty great players on it and it showcases each of their talents. The greatest part of the disc for me was Django's son Babik playing the electric guitar. It is a very energetic live disc that will probably not be up for a Grammy, but it should be.

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