Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt/Sidney Bechet - Deux Geants Du Jazz

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Despite the title, unfortunately guitarist Django Reinhardt and soprano-saxophonist Sidney Bechet do not actually play together. Instead they are heard on alternating tracks. Reinhardt's performances (taken from radio broadcasts) feature him in 1947 with his Quintet (starring clarinetist Maurice Meurnier) and are fine but it is the Bechet selections (which originated from a variety of sources between 1952-57) that are most exciting, particularly "Roses of Picardy," "Down by the Old Stream" and his hit "Petite Fleur." It's worth picking up as an introduction to these two classic jazzmen.