Django Reinhardt

Djangology [Living Era]

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Valuable as an introduction to and mini-history of Le Quintette du Hot Club de France, this 53-track tribute to the collaborative friendship between Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli complements and at times retraces the steps of no less than four previous Living Era Django Reinhardt compilations. Issued in 2007, Djangology focuses upon the evolution of the Quintette rather than Reinhardt's many recordings as featured soloist in other European bands or with visiting American jazzmen. The only "yank" present in this anthology is Freddy Taylor, who sings on "Shine" and "After You've Gone." Recorded in Paris and London between 1934 and 1946, these little masterpieces of continental gypsy swing are both dazzling and comforting. If a little over two-and-a-half hours of Django, Stéphane and the Quintette only whet your appetite, consult the Classics and Fremeaux & Associates labels for access to Reinhardt's sizeable legacy of recorded works. Reinhardt, Grappelli and the Quintette were master improvisers; their discography is a veritable index of the standard jazz repertoire of the '30s and early '40s. What's more, as a group primarily composed of gypsies specializing in music with roots in Jewish and Afro-American culture, their very existence violated all of Hitler's principles. Just think: by relaxing and listening to Reinhardt and Grappelli's duet on "Out of Nowhere" you can get in touch with tradition, honor two of Europe's all-time greatest jazz musicians and flip off the entire Third Reich. That's a pretty nice arrangement.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:38
2 2:36
3 2:54
4 2:32
5 2:57
6
2:55
7 2:58
8 3:00
9 2:58
10 3:28
11 2:58
12 3:04
13 3:01
14 2:40
15 3:09
16 2:46
17 2:28
18 2:57
19 3:07
20 2:45
21 2:31
22 2:52
23 2:54
24 2:36
25 3:12
26 2:56
27 2:42

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:28
2 3:12
3
2:57
4 3:28
5 2:22
6
3:05
7 3:18
8 2:56
9 3:11
10 2:46
11 2:56
12 2:46
13 3:13
14 2:34
15 2:53
16 2:28
17 3:10
18 3:02
19 3:17
20 2:45
21 3:04
22
3:17
23 2:57
24 3:12
25 3:00
26 3:15
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