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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



Joan Records

 

DJANGO REINHARDT

PORTRAIT

Sabam CRESCENDO

Blue Classic Line – 7272

 

 

 

 

Joan Records

 

1

Improvisation No. 3 Pt.1

12

Blues

2

Coquette

13

Blue Lou

3

Django’s Tiger

14

Swing From Paris

4

Embraceable You

15

Lambeth Walk

5

Love’s Melody

16

Echoes Of Spain

6

Nuages

17

Undecided

7

What Is This Thing Called Love

18

H.C.Q Strut

8

Ol’ Man River

19

Swing 41

9

R-Vingt Six

20

Blues En Mineur

10

How High The Moon

21

Studio 24

11

Lover Man

22

Blues En Clair

Because 2003 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of Django Reinhardt I feel sure that this ‘Portrait’ issue will be met with great interest.

Reinhardt’s association with the violinist Stephane Grappelli as members of the immensely popular Quintette du Hot Club de France ran initially between 1934 and 1939. There was a short reunion after the war in the 1940s. This disc is a mixture of Django’s music from 1938-1947 – a large part of it featuring the Quintette. The accompanying musicians lay down straightforward and uncomplicated tempos. This enables Reinhardt and Grappelli to complement each other’s performance in timing, clever phrasing and those so admired long flowing passages.

Here we have an interesting diversification of titles from the Lambeth Walk to the beautiful Reinhardt composition Nuages. On Swing 41 the Quintette is joined by clarinetists Hubert Rostang and Alix Combelle and Undecided features vocalist Beryl Davis. According to the accompanying notes Reinhardt also plays violin on Blues En Mineur.

Over the last few years the interest in ‘gypsy jazz’ has gained tremendously and this CD will without doubt be a welcome issue.

Jack Ashby



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