Djangology, Vol. 1: 1934-35

Djangology, Vol. 1: 1934-35

by Django Reinhardt


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Djangology, Vol. 1: 1934-35

With this release, the folks at super-budget Naxos begin what listeners hope will be a long string of low-priced, but not cheap, reissues of the output of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Throughout, the Quintet consists of Django and Joseph Reinhardt, and Roger Chaput or Pierre Ferret on guitars, bassists Louis Vola or Tony ra, and the inimitable Stephane Grappelli on violin; on "Avalon," they are joined by three trumpets and a trombone. Now that these recordings are in the public domain, lots of small labels have taken a crack at them in the CD era, so these performances are around and will continue to be circulated as long as people have ears. But Naxos' edition is very tempting not only for the price, but for the manner in which producer David Lennick has tried to let the natural sound of the original 78s come through. Unlike most labels large and small, Lennick doesn't roll off the bass, so at last those who do not collect 78s can hear the booming tones of the QHCF basses. Nor does he roll off or exaggerate the treble, or remove all of the swishing sounds in some of the pressings. As a result, although transfers like those of "St. Louis Blues" and "Some of These Days" still do not quite have the presence of the originals, they do have a surprising amount of life, and "It Don't Mean a Thing" actually benefits from the improved clarity. As a result, these transfers could change a lot of present-day perceptions about this vital, swinging outfit. While the CD covers most, though not all, of the early Ultraphone and Decca sessions of the Quintet, Naxos scrambles up the chronological sequence, the one miscalculation in an otherwise promising launch.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943251522
catalogNumber: 8120515

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Pierre Allier   Trumpet
Arthur Briggs   Soloist
Roger Chaput   Guitar
Pierre Ferret   Guitar
Tony Rovira   Bass
Louis Vola   Bass
Eugene d'Hellemmes   Trombone
Joseph Reinhardt   Guitar
Alphonse Cox   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer

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