With His American Friends

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The brilliant gypsy swing guitarist Django Reinhardt is most famous for his work with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, an all-string group also including violinist Stephane Grappelli, two rhythm guitarists, and a bassist. However, through the years he also had opportunities to record with American stars. In some cases, they were added to a Quintet date, and in others, he was part of an all-star group. This three-CD set, released in 1998, has 57 performances; all but the final four numbers are from 1935-1940, with quite a few cut in 1937. The value of this wonderful set to collectors depends on how much Django Reinhardt they already have in their collections, as every ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The brilliant gypsy swing guitarist Django Reinhardt is most famous for his work with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, an all-string group also including violinist Stephane Grappelli, two rhythm guitarists, and a bassist. However, through the years he also had opportunities to record with American stars. In some cases, they were added to a Quintet date, and in others, he was part of an all-star group. This three-CD set, released in 1998, has 57 performances; all but the final four numbers are from 1935-1940, with quite a few cut in 1937. The value of this wonderful set to collectors depends on how much Django Reinhardt they already have in their collections, as every performance has been reissued in the past. For those listeners who do not own many of these sessions, the selections are essential, since Reinhardt and his guests are consistently inspired by each other's presence. Among the American stars who are featured along with Reinhardt and frequently Grappelli are Coleman Hawkins, Frank "Big Boy" Goudie, Bill Coleman, Freddy Taylor, Benny Carter, Dicky Wells, Eddie South, Larry Adler, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard, and Arthur Briggs. The selections are fortunately in chronological order, and each of the 17 recording sessions is reissued in complete form. An extremely well done reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/1998
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471849325
  • Catalog Number: 8493
  • Sales rank: 69,865

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Avalon (3:02)
  2. 2 Blue Moon (3:13)
  3. 3 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (3:19)
  4. 4 Stardust (3:09)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues (3:01)
  6. 6 Rosetta - Garnet Clark & His Hot Club's 4 (2:39)
  7. 7 Stardust - Garnet Clark & His Hot Club's 4 (2:31)
  8. 8 The Object of My Affection - Garnet Clark (2:46)
  9. 9 After You've Gone - Freddy Taylor (3:05)
  10. 10 I'se A-Muggin' - Freddy Taylor (3:05)
  11. 11 Georgia on My Mind - Freddy Taylor (3:12)
  12. 12 Honeysuckle Rose (2:44)
  13. 13 Crazy Rhythm (2:58)
  14. 14 Out of Nowhere (3:15)
  15. 15 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:59)
  16. 16 Bugle Call Rag (2:40)
  17. 17 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2:55)
  18. 18 I Got Rhythm (2:13)
  19. 19 Sweet Sue, Just You (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hangin' Around Boudon (2:52)
  2. 2 Japanese Sandman (2:57)
  3. 3 Eddie's Blues (3:07)
  4. 4 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:44)
  5. 5 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:16)
  6. 6 Dinah (2:26)
  7. 7 Daphne (2:58)
  8. 8 I Ain't Got Nobody (3:00)
  9. 9 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (2:57)
  10. 10 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (2:58)
  11. 11 Big Boy Blues (3:24)
  12. 12 Bill Coleman Blues (2:45)
  13. 13 Swing Guitars (3:04)
  14. 14 Somebody Loves Me (3:27)
  15. 15 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (3:15)
  16. 16 Improvisation Sur le 1er Mouvement du Comcerto en Re Mineur de ... (2:24)
  17. 17 Fiddle Blues (2:43)
  18. 18 Improvisation Sur le 1er Mouvement du Comcerto en Re Mineur de ... (3:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Coming Virginia - Benny Carter (3:02)
  2. 2 Farewell Blues - Benny Carter (3:15)
  3. 3 Blue Light Blues - Benny Carter (3:03)
  4. 4 Body and Soul (3:02)
  5. 5 Lover, Come Back to Me (2:31)
  6. 6 My Melancholy Baby (3:13)
  7. 7 I Got Rhythm (2:51)
  8. 8 Montmartre (2:22)
  9. 9 Low Cotton (2:58)
  10. 10 Finesse (Night Wind) (2:18)
  11. 11 The Sheik of Araby - Frank "Big Boy" Goudie (2:57)
  12. 12 I Know That You Know - Rex Stewart (2:29)
  13. 13 Solid Old Man - Rex Stewart (3:02)
  14. 14 My Melancholy Baby - Arthur Briggs (3:13)
  15. 15 Scatterbrain - Arthur Briggs (2:17)
  16. 16 Sometimes I'm Happy - Arthur Briggs (2:44)
  17. 17 Djangology (2:33)
  18. 18 Swing Guitars (2:21)
  19. 19 Manoir de Mes Reves (3:13)
  20. 20 Are You in the Mood? (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Django Reinhardt Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar
Bill Coleman Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie South Violin, Track Performer
Rex Stewart Track Performer
Larry Adler Harmonica, Track Performer
Joe Turner Piano
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Alix Combelle Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Allen Alto Saxophone
Pierre Allier Trumpet
Bill Beason Drums
Tommy Benford Drums
Benny Carter Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Drums
Arthur Briggs Trumpet, Track Performer
Maurice Chailou Drums
Roger Chaput Guitar
Noel Chiboust Trumpet
June Cole Bass
Shad Collins Trumpet
Paul Cordonnier Bass
Bill Decker Trombone
Bill Dillard Trumpet
Andre Ekyan Alto Saxophone
Richard "Dick" Fullbright Bass
Frank "Big Boy" Goudie Clarinet, Trombone, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Roger Grasset Bass
Len Harrison Bass
Bertie King Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Kirkpatrick Trombone
Jerry Mengo Drums
Wilson Myers Bass
Robert Montmarche Drums
Guy Paquinet Trombone
Jack Platt Bass
Lucien Simoens Bass
Jerry Stephan Trumpet
Emil Stern Piano
Ray Stokes Piano
Freddy Taylor Vocals, Track Performer
Eugene Vees Guitar
Louis Vola Bass
Christian Wagner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone, Track Performer
Eugene d'Hellemmes Bass
York DeSouza Piano
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Robin Gould Trumpet
Joseph Reinhardt Guitar
Lonnie Wilflong Trumpet
Larry Mann Piano
Garnet Clark Piano, Track Performer
Sigismund Beck Bass
Jim Hayes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Zikefoose Tenor Saxophone
Don Gardner Trombone
George Johnson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Roy Eldridge Arranger
Stéphane Grappelli Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Coleman Hawkins Arranger
Jack Pettis Composer
Benny Carter Arranger
Will Marion Cook Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Donald Heywood Composer
Charles Lisee Engineer
Paul Mares Composer
Jack Platt Director
Leon Roppolo Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Stuff Smith Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Michel Warlop Director
Dicky Wells Arranger
Hughes Panassie Engineer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Jimmy Grier & His Orchestra Composer
Billy Taylor Sr. Composer
LuAnn Graffeo Art Direction
Pinky Tomlin Composer
Lonnie Wilflong Arranger
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
George Norton Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Charles Delaunay Engineer
Coy Poe Composer
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