The Versatile Giant

Django Reinhardt

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The Versatile Giant Review

by Scott Yanow

This hard-to-find LP contains a variety of collectors items that nearly span guitarist Django Reinhardt's entire career. He is heard on three very early recordings (two with violinist Stephane Grappelli), playing four songs taken from his erratic 1946 tour with Duke Ellington (Ellington's orchestra unfortunately is very much in the background), on a few rarities with his 1947 sextet and in 1951 performing two numbers recorded live at the Club Saint Germain in Paris. Reinhardt collectors will have to be patient searching for this one.