Django Reinhardt

The Complete Django Reinhardt & Quintet of the Hot Club of France Swing/HMV Sessions

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This is the Reinhardt mother lode -- a six-disc collection of the Gypsy legend's oeuvre stretching from just before to just after World War II. Disc one includes several infectious cuts with vocalist Freddy Taylor, beginning with Stuff Smith's "I'se a Muggin'." Disc six closes with one of Reinhardt and Grappelli's last recording sessions together, which included an unusually dark reading of "Oh Lady Be Good" and a revisitation of the obscure "Bricktop" (the first version appears on disc two). In between are well over 100 marvelous tracks, with sound quality up to Mosaic's (and Michael Cuscuna's) impeccable standards. The booklet contains a learned essay and annotation by Mike Peters, as well as an impressive gallery of photographs, concert posters, and news clippings. Extraordinary, and for Reinhardt's most devoted fans, entirely worth the investment.

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:53
2 2:56
3 2:48
4 2:52
5 2:29
6 2:32
7 3:14
8 2:19
9 2:37
10 2:12
11 2:43
12 2:48
13 2:17
14 3:20
15 2:49
16 2:57
17 2:39
18 2:54
19 3:05
20 3:07
21 3:04
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