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Gypsy - Released October 18, 2012 | Saga

Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Standard

Gypsy Jazz - Released December 12, 2006 | Fremeaux Heritage

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
In its meticulously researched Integrale series the Fremeaux & Associes label devoted no less than 20 double-CD sets to the legacy of master jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. While each of those volumes is packed with richly rewarding vintage recordings, the addition of two supplementary samplers offers an approachably encapsulated overview. The Quintessence: Paris-Bruxelles 1934-1943 is especially welcome as a vividly variegated core sample of Parisian swing with just enough material recorded in Brussels to invite closer inspection of Reinhardt's adventures there midway through the Second World War. Jean Baptiste Django Reinhardt was born in Liberchies, Belgium in January 1910. While most of his recordings were cut in Paris and Rome, it is intriguing to have an opportunity to hear him gigging on his native turf as guest soloist with a band under the direction of Stan Brenders ("Blues Clair"). Other bright moments on the chronologically jumbled first disc involve violinist Stéphane Grappelli, trumpeter Philippe Brun, saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, and trombonist Dicky Wells, in addition to several other visiting U.S. jazzmen. Disc one opens and closes with unaccompanied guitar solos and includes an exhilarating big-band jam on "Festival Swing," a dance-inciting theme by saxophonist Alix Combelle, with each member clearly introduced in French by jazz critic Charles Delaunay. By way of contrast, the second disc lines up 18 selections by the Hot Club de France in exact chronological order, leap-frogging session by session from late 1934 through to the middle of 1939. This exceptionally fine Reinhardt collection is highly recommended for anyone seeking a solid introduction to or a convincing affirmation of Reinhardt's enduring artistry. ~ arwulf arwulf

Jazz - Released September 17, 2012 | Vogue

Distinctions Choc de Classica

Gypsy Jazz - Released April 5, 2010 | Fremeaux Heritage

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Jazz - Released August 4, 2008 | Wagram Music


Jazz - Released October 10, 2014 | BnF Collection


Jazz - Released March 7, 1996 | Parlophone France


Gypsy Jazz - Released March 8, 2010 | Fremeaux Heritage

Here's another in a long line of chronological Reinhardt discs on the Classics label. This time up, more from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, featuring Reinhardt cohort and violinist Stephane Grappelli, guitarist Roger Chaput, and bassist Louis Vola. Having already cut many sides for the Ultraphone and HMV labels, Reinhardt and company were now recording for Decca; most of these performances were taped in London. Highlights include such Reinhardt and Grappelli staples as "Daphné," "Souvenirs," and "Paris Swing," not to mention fine renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." There are also cuts spotlighting French harmonica great Larry Adler and trumpeter Philippe Brun. With many Reinhardt collections to choose from, this somewhat below-par addition to the Classics series is probably best left to completists. ~ Stephen Cook

Jazz - Released December 7, 2011 | Gralin Music


Jazz - Released April 14, 2017 | Wagram Music


Jazz - Released March 3, 2018 | Remastered Classics


Gypsy Jazz - Released June 25, 2005 | BDMUSIC


Jazz - Released August 14, 2015 | Flat Five Records


Gypsy Jazz - Released February 23, 2014 | Birdland


Jazz - Released October 11, 2018 | Remastered Classics


Pop - Released January 1, 2018 | Emerald Echoes


Jazz - Released August 24, 2018 | Bella Donna


Gypsy Jazz - Released July 5, 2002 | RCA Bluebird

In 1949, guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli performed together for the first time since the outbreak of World War II put an end to the classic lineup of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, with the pair reuniting in an Italian recording studio and laying down a number of tunes with a solid local rhythm section. In 1961, 12 songs from those sessions were released in the United States by RCA Victor under the name Djangology (and with Grappelli's name misspelled on the cover); this expanded CD reissue features 23 tunes recorded during Reinhardt and Grappelli's Rome sessions. Stylistically, this material doesn't represent a dramatic departure from the material Reinhardt recorded in the 1930s (while he'd been experimenting with an electric guitar at the time, these are fully acoustic sessions), though there are glimmers of new ideas the great guitarist had picked up along the way, most notably a few bop-influenced solos. But Reinhardt's trademark gypsy swing is still as effortlessly enthusiastic as ever, and his by-play with Grappelli is simply wonderful; the intuitive symmetry of their performances is a marvel, and it's hard to imagine that these musicians had spent ten years apart, given the ease and finesse with which they work together. (Bassist Carlo Pecori and drummer Aurelio de Carolis support the soloists well without imposing their personalities too strongly on the arrangements, and pianist Gianni Safred's free-spirited bounce meshes well with Reinhardt and Grappelli's more adventurous swing.) While the recording quality isn't perfect, it's noticeably better than the duo's earlier sessions, and the remastering for this collection brings out the details without taking the edges out of the sound. Djangology is a lovely set of late-era performances from Django Reinhardt, and if it isn't an ideal collection of his work, it's certainly better (and better presented) than most Reinhardt CD's currently on the market, and stands as further proof of the guitarist's casual genius. ~ Mark Deming

Gypsy Jazz - Released May 9, 2001 | Naxos

This first installment in Classics' multi-volume Reinhardt series is a fine place to start your Django collection. Recorded between 1934-1935, the 23 tracks include many of first sides from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which Reinhardt formed with frequent cohort and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Cut for the French Ultraphone label, the material includes such top-notch QHCF sides as "I Saw Stars," "I'm Confessin'," and "Dinah." There's also a few numbers Reinhardt cut with the Michel Warlop Orchestra before teaming up with QHCF. And while JSP's Reinhardt discs often beat out many of the Classics titles for sound quality, this early offering ranks as one that stands up just fine. ~ Stephen Cook

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