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Jazz - Released August 4, 2008 | Wagram Music

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Jazz - Released March 7, 1996 | Parlophone France

Jazz - Released December 7, 2011 | Gralin Music

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Jazz - Released March 3, 2018 | Remastered Classics

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Legend has it that guitarist Django Reinhardt was at his absolute peak in the 1930s during his recordings with violinist Stephane Grappelli and that when he switched from acoustic to electric guitar after World War II, he lost a bit of his musical personality. Wrong on both counts. This double CD documents his Blue Star recordings of 1947 and 1953 and Reinhardt (on electric guitar) takes inventive boppish solos that put him at the top of the list of jazz guitarists who were active during the era. Most of the earlier tracks feature Reinhardt in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing but the eight later selections in which he is backed by a standard rhythm section are most interesting. These well-recorded performances hint at what Django Reinhardt might have accomplished in the 1950s had he lived longer. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released June 22, 2018 | Label Ouest

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Gypsy Jazz - Released July 5, 2002 | RCA Bluebird

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Jazz - Released June 30, 2017 | Label Ouest

Jazz - Released March 25, 2016 | Westmill

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Jazz - Released November 6, 2015 | Jube Pops

In late 1945 the great guitarist Django Reinhardt had an opportunity to broadcast regularly with The ATC (Air Transport Command) Orchestra, a big band filled with talented but now-forgotten American servicemen. Reinhardt is the main soloist throughout, whether with the full orchestra or with small groups out of the band; he also takes "Improvisation No. 6" unaccompanied. In addition, The ATC band is heard on six selections without the guitarist. All in all this is a surprising and consistently interesting release. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released October 24, 2000 | Dreyfus Jazz

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Pop - Released January 1, 2018 | Emerald Echoes

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Jazz - Released November 4, 2002 | Dreyfus Jazz

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Jazz - Released February 28, 2003 | Collective

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Jazz - Released October 12, 2009 | Parlophone France

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Jazz - Released March 15, 2011 | Legacy Recordings

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). ~ Richie Unterberger
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Jazz - Released October 12, 2009 | Parlophone France

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Jazz - Released October 12, 2009 | Parlophone France