Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt [Jazz After Hours]

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Here is another super-dodgy two-CD compilation with sh*tty sound and virtually no performance, personnel, or location information. From digging through other Reinhardt/Grappelli compilations and web research, it appears that the majority of the material here was recorded between 1948-1953, after Grappelli and he split and while he was with Duke Ellington, among others. All of these combos are small, and it's possible that the saxophonists are Paul Gonsalves and Johnny Hodges, but given the shape the recordings are in, it's difficult to discern their trademark tones and phrasings. There is no pianist on any of the recordings, but there is a clarinet player. In all, the quality of the music on these discs is high, but with crummy sound and the lack of any documentation, it's not worth the plastic it was printed on. Someone should put this rip-off label out of business.

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