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Essential Django Reinhardt
     

The Essential Django Reinhardt

by Django Reinhardt
 
Considering that Django Reinhardt recorded prolifically in the quarter-century between 1928 and 1953, it might a bit presumptuous to title this collection The Essential Django Reinhardt. For this two-CD, 36-track anthology is drawn entirely from recordings made in Rome in 1949 and 1950. That's a relatively narrow

Overview

Considering that Django Reinhardt recorded prolifically in the quarter-century between 1928 and 1953, it might a bit presumptuous to title this collection The Essential Django Reinhardt. For this two-CD, 36-track anthology is drawn entirely from recordings made in Rome in 1949 and 1950. That's a relatively narrow time frame of work from a musician acknowledged as one of the masters of jazz guitar, and indeed one of the most influential guitarists of all time. It's fair enough to concede that this certainly comprises some of the essential recordings he laid down, however, and that listened to with or without comparison to his entire oeuvre, they're very good. About two-thirds of them were cut in January and February 1949 as part of the quintet also featuring his famed collaborator Stéphane Grappelli on violin. The others were made in April and May of 1950 as part of an entirely different, violin-less quintet, André Ekyan playing alto sax and clarinet, two instruments not heard on the 1949 tracks. Regardless of the context, Reinhardt's playing is excellent and the bands sympathetic, the guitarist showing himself capable of adapting to changing times in jazz with arrangements that swing, but in a more modern way than his earlier efforts. A good number of his own compositions (some written with Grappelli) are included, along with some popular standards and jazz classics by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller. Some material goes beyond these boundaries, such as a "Russian Songs Medley," an improvisation on a Tchaikovsky piece, and W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues." Reinhardt actually cut about three times as much as material from these sessions, but for those who just want a manageable slice of quality work from the period, it's a fine compilation. This reissue, incidentally, was originally produced in 1983, and previously released as The Indispensable Django Reinhardt (1949-1950).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886978373724
catalogNumber:
783737
Rank:
13861

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Vocals
Andre Ekyan   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Aurelio de Carolis   Drums
Carlo Pecori   Bass
Ralph Schecroun   Piano
Roger Paraboschi   Drums
Alf Masselier   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Jean-Paul Guiter   Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lockhart   Composer
Bradshaw   Composer
Plater   Composer
Lunceford   Composer
E. Stern   Composer
Creamer   Composer
D. Reinhardt   Composer
Michael Dregni   Liner Notes

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