Vol. 4: 1937 [Naxos]

Vol. 4: 1937 [Naxos]

by Django Reinhardt
     
 

Vol. 4 of Naxos' superb-sounding Django Reinhardt project takes up the chronological thread from Vol. 3, working its way through the end of 1937 with some unusual departures in format. On the first seven tracks, the Quintette du Hot Club de France continues to barrel ahead in peak form, with Reinhardt pulling off a cheeky imitation of a train taking off…  See more details below

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Vol. 4 of Naxos' superb-sounding Django Reinhardt project takes up the chronological thread from Vol. 3, working its way through the end of 1937 with some unusual departures in format. On the first seven tracks, the Quintette du Hot Club de France continues to barrel ahead in peak form, with Reinhardt pulling off a cheeky imitation of a train taking off and screeching to a halt in "Mystery Pacific." By tracks eight and nine, though, Reinhardt is seen in a far different light -- as a solo guitarist in stream-of-consciousness recitatives of strumming and single notes, "Improvisation" and "Parfum." Then Reinhardt's cohort in swing, Stephane Grappelli, joins him in a guitar/violin duet on "I've Found a New Baby," proving to be absolutely self-sufficient in that format (though Reinhardt does not solo). Reinhardt then leads a pair of trio sessions with rhythm guitar and bass, and the Quintette expands to a sextet on the irresistible title track and "Paramount Stomp," with Michel Warlop joining Grappelli on second violin. Warlop's tone is thinner in texture than that of the great Grappelli, but his playing is athletic enough to keep up. The most offbeat tracks of all are the pair of interpretations of the first movement of J.S. Bach's "Double Violin Concerto in D Minor." Here, Reinhardt and Grappelli team up with visiting American violinist Eddie South; their first attempt is fairly literal and a bit stiff, but the second begins to dig more into the swinging implications. In any case, these performances represent some of the earliest attempts to graft Bach, whose Baroque lines are just made for swing, into a jazz format. As before, the fat bottom end of these ancient recordings comes through fearlessly and powerfully in these Naxos transfers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943269824
catalogNumber:
8120698

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Soloist
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Eddie South   Violin
Marcel Bianchi   Rhythm Guitar
Paul Cordonnier   Bass
Pierre Ferret   Rhythm Guitar
Eugene Vees   Guitar
Louis Vola   Bass
Michel Warlop   Violin
Eugene d'Hellemmes   Bass
Louis Gasté   Guitar
Joseph Reinhardt   Guitar

Technical Credits

Franz Liszt   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Arranger,Composer
Django Reinhardt   Arranger,Composer
Eddie South   Arranger,Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Fletcher Allen   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Gus Deloof   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
David Lennick   Producer
Alain Romans   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Joe Grey   Composer
Vincent Page   Composer
Larry Stark   Composer

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