Django Reinhardt

With His American Friends

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The brilliant gypsy swing guitarist Django Reinhardt is most famous for his work with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, an all-string group also including violinist Stephane Grappelli, two rhythm guitarists, and a bassist. However, through the years he also had opportunities to record with American stars. In some cases, they were added to a Quintet date, and in others, he was part of an all-star group. This three-CD set, released in 1998, has 57 performances; all but the final four numbers are from 1935-1940, with quite a few cut in 1937. The value of this wonderful set to collectors depends on how much Django Reinhardt they already have in their collections, as every performance has been reissued in the past. For those listeners who do not own many of these sessions, the selections are essential, since Reinhardt and his guests are consistently inspired by each other's presence. Among the American stars who are featured along with Reinhardt (and frequently Grappelli) are Coleman Hawkins, Frank "Big Boy" Goudie, Bill Coleman, Freddy Taylor, Benny Carter, Dicky Wells, Eddie South, Larry Adler, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard, and Arthur Briggs. The selections are fortunately in chronological order, and each of the 17 recording sessions is reissued in complete form. An extremely well done reissue.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:02 Spotify
2 3:13 Spotify
3 3:19 Spotify
4 3:09 Spotify
5 3:01 Spotify
6 2:39 Spotify
7 2:31 Spotify
8 2:46 Spotify
9 3:05 Spotify
10 3:05 Spotify
11 3:12 Spotify
12 2:44 Spotify
13 2:58 Spotify
14 3:15 Spotify
15 2:59 Spotify
16
feat: Dicky Wells
2:40 Spotify
17
feat: Dicky Wells
2:55 Spotify
18
feat: Dicky Wells
2:13 Spotify
19
feat: Dicky Wells
3:06 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Dicky Wells
2:52 Spotify
2
feat: Dicky Wells
2:57 Spotify
3
feat: Eddie South
3:07 Spotify
4
feat: Eddie South
2:44 Spotify
5
feat: Eddie South
3:16 Spotify
6
feat: Eddie South
2:26 Spotify
7
feat: Eddie South
2:58 Spotify
8
feat: Bill Coleman
3:00 Spotify
9
feat: Bill Coleman
2:57 Spotify
10
feat: Bill Coleman
2:58 Spotify
11
feat: Bill Coleman
3:24 Spotify
12
feat: Bill Coleman
2:45 Spotify
13
feat: Bill Coleman
3:04 Spotify
14
feat: Eddie South
3:27 Spotify
15
feat: Eddie South
3:15 Spotify
16
feat: Eddie South
2:24
17
feat: Eddie South
2:43 Spotify
18
feat: Eddie South
3:20

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Benny Carter
3:02 Spotify
2
feat: Benny Carter
3:15 Spotify
3
feat: Benny Carter
3:03 Spotify
4
feat: Larry Adler
3:02 Spotify
5
feat: Larry Adler
2:31 Spotify
6
feat: Larry Adler
3:13 Spotify
7
feat: Larry Adler
2:51 Spotify
8
feat: Rex Stewart
2:22
9
feat: Rex Stewart
2:58 Spotify
10
feat: Rex Stewart
2:18
11 2:57 Spotify
12
feat: Rex Stewart
2:29 Spotify
13
feat: Rex Stewart
3:02 Spotify
14 3:13 Spotify
15 2:17 Spotify
16 2:44 Spotify
17 2:33 Spotify
18 2:21 Spotify
19 3:13 Spotify
20 2:56 Spotify
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