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Album Review

This label always does a nice job of remastering and putting together packages of vintage jazz material; this one's no exception: a delightful 22-track set of early Django Reinhardt with the Hot Club of Paris. The transfers are clear and Reinhardt's playing on standards like "Dinah," "Tiger Rag," "Solitude," "Rose Room," and "The Sheik of Araby" is nothing short of astounding, his interplay with Stephane Grappelli being both intuitive and wonderful. Most interesting are Freddy Taylor's vocals on "Shine" and "Georgia on My Mind," which break things up nicely.


Born: 23 January 1910 in Liberchies, Belgium

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Django Reinhardt was the first hugely influential jazz figure to emerge from Europe -- and he remains the most influential European to this day, with possible competition from Joe Zawinul, George Shearing, John McLaughlin, his old cohort Stephane Grappelli and a bare handful of others. A free-spirited gypsy, Reinhardt wasn't the most reliable person in the world, frequently wandering off into the countryside on a whim. Yet Reinhardt came up with a unique way of propelling the humble acoustic guitar...
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