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Rare Django

Django Reinhardt

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Album Review

This compilation focuses on the early years of Django Reinhardt, primarily focusing on his work as a sideman and not necessarily in jazz bands. The oldest recordings feature Reinhardt on banjo-guitar and do not give him much to do aside from providing rhythm, though one can hear him improvising on guitar in some of the otherwise forgettable features for long obscure singers. Of more interest to jazz fans will be the two previous unreleased tracks ("I Saw Stars" and "I'm Confessin'") that showcase the Quintet of the Hot Club of France backing singer Bert Marshall. There is also a previously unissued alternate take of "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" with the guitarist accompanying trumpeter Bill Coleman, which may have been rejected because of slips by alto saxophonist Christian Wagner and tenor saxophonist Frank "Big Boy" Goudie. The recording quality is fairly good for such vintage material. But this collection will be of more interest to thorough collectors of Django Reinhardt, due to the preponderance of forgettable tracks.

Biography

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...
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