Various Artists

Gypsy Jazz

  • AllMusic Rating
    10
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Proper Records presents a four-CD, 97-track anthology devoted to music recorded during the golden years of Gypsy jazz, from swing to bop to a bit of the cool (1934-1956). Happily, this tradition is still very much alive, and the recordings compiled herein demonstrate why even Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Eichmann, and Heinrich Himmler couldn't stamp it out. In addition to classic sides by famous or relatively well-known artists like guitarist Django Reinhardt, violinists Stéphane Grappelli, Michel Warlop, and Svend Asmussen and crooner Jean Sablon, this fascinating collection traces the intricacies of the Gypsy jazz movement throughout mainland Europe with rare recordings by members of the Reinhardt and Ferret families as well as accordionists Gus Viseur and Tony Murena, saxophonist Albert Ferreri, reedman and violinist Frans Poptie, and a veritable swarm of guitarists including Oscar Aleman, Jean Bonal, Eddy Christiani, Jean-Pierre Sasson, and Henri Crolla. Given this set's wealth of variegated material and its remarkably affordable price tag, Proper may well have come up with the world's best all-purpose, authentic Gypsy jazz collection. It more or less picks up where the Fremeaux & Associes 2005 release Django Reinhardt Complete, Vol. 20: Pour Que Ma Vie left off.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
03:12 SpotifyAmazon
2 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
3 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:55 SpotifyAmazon
5
03:04 SpotifyAmazon
6
02:52 SpotifyAmazon
7
02:37 SpotifyAmazon
8
04:03 SpotifyAmazon
9
04:07 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
11 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
12 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
14
02:55 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
16
02:20 SpotifyAmazon
17
02:47 SpotifyAmazon
18
03:04 SpotifyAmazon
19
03:07 SpotifyAmazon
20
03:12 SpotifyAmazon
21 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
22
03:02 SpotifyAmazon
23 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
24
03:00 SpotifyAmazon
25
02:33 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:28 SpotifyAmazon
2
02:28 SpotifyAmazon
3
02:52 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:35 SpotifyAmazon
5
02:53 SpotifyAmazon
6
03:25 SpotifyAmazon
7
03:41 SpotifyAmazon
8
02:26 SpotifyAmazon
9
02:57 SpotifyAmazon
10
03:30 SpotifyAmazon
11 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
12 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
13
04:25 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
16
02:12 SpotifyAmazon
17
02:06 SpotifyAmazon
18
03:58 SpotifyAmazon
19
03:44 SpotifyAmazon
20 01:53 SpotifyAmazon
21
02:03 SpotifyAmazon
22
03:07 SpotifyAmazon
23
02:32 SpotifyAmazon
24 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
blue highlight denotes track pick