Django Reinhardt

Jazz in Paris: Django et Compagnie

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Django Reinhardt is exclusively a sideman in this compilation of recordings made with various French bands and singers during the 1930s. The instrumental tracks are okay, especially those with violinist Michel Warlop's orchestra, even if Warlop is no match for Stéphane Grappelli. The final two instrumental tracks by Wal-Berg & Son are a mystery, as Django is not among the credited musicians. The vocal tracks are another matter. Nina Rette's vocals, dominated by her bird-like vibrato, mar her work with Reinhardt and Grappelli. Reinhardt isn't even listed in the session by singer Andre Pasdoc (if he isn't present, why is it included?); no matter, as this pair of songs deserve to remain obscure. No better are the tracks by long forgotten singers Yvonne Louis or Micheline Day. Frankly, any fan of the genius of Django Reinhardt is advised to look for works recorded under his own name or by the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, as these mostly mediocre French pop songs are difficult to sit through just to enjoy an occasional brief run or solo by the masterful guitarist.

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