Django Reinhardt

At His Best: Sweet & Lowdown

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This two-disc collection from Spain's Definitive label is divided into two distinct periods in Django Reinhardt's career. The first disc is made up of various tracks from the original Hot Club of France Quintet with Stephane Grappelli and Louis Vola from 1936 and 1937. Classic and definitive performances of "I'se A Muggin," "Oriental Shuffle," "Sweet Chorus," "Mystery Pacific," "Are You In the Mood," and "Swing Guitars" are contained here, as well as wonderfully varied covers of such vernacular tunes as "Georgia On My Mind," "Limehouse Blues," "In A Sentimental Mood," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Disc Two comprises recordings from Reinhardt made between 1940 and 1949, four of them guitar solos, and the rest with a wildly varying group of musicians. Two of the bands represented here are Django's American Swing Big Band and Django and His American Swing Band, which featured Shelton Heath, Bill Bethel, and Jim Hayes. The later material, as one would surmise, is far more adventurous, though sometimes the music suffers as a result of Reinhardt's experiments with tonality and volume. Nonetheless, for the price, this is a fine introduction to the greatest, yes, greatest, guitar stylist jazz has ever known.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 3:24
3 2:41
4 3:09
5 2:52
6 2:48
7 2:52
8 2:27
9 3:16
10 2:58
11 3:07
12 2:46
13 3:06
14 2:55
15 2:47
16 3:28
17 3:15
18 2:57
19 3:28
20 3:21
21 2:51
22 3:21
23 2:22
24 3:00

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 3:02
3 2:44
4 3:18
5 3:07
6 3:18
7 2:51
8 2:53
9 2:56
10 3:11
11 3:21
12 3:14
13 3:08
14 3:22
15 3:18
16 2:16
17 2:52
18 3:03
19 2:52
20 2:47
21 2:49
22 3:21
23 2:36
24 2:46
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