Django Reinhardt

Django on the Radio

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British mastering engineer Ted Kendall has provided a valuable service by compiling Django Reinhardt’s 1940s radio broadcasts from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the U.S. The result is DJANGO ON THE RADIO, a five-disc set that overflows with Reinhardt’s six-string wizardry. Kendall also remastered the recordings, so the sound quality is remarkably good, especially considering its source. But the music is still the focus: Reinhardt is flanked by fine musicians (among them his frequent collaborator Stephane Grappelli on violin), and there's plenty of excellent group interplay, but it's the master's command of the fretboard that truly dazzles.

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