Django Reinhardt appears on an AVID Entertainment release for the second time, here featuring his electric guitar period and this time on classic AVID JAZZ label. Focusing on his music after 1947 when he returned from the USA having played with Duke Ellington, we also include a valuable recording made at the RDF radio studios possibly for a film soundtrack and skilfully re-mastered by AVID’s own sound engineers. Django’s music in the 1950’s underwent many changes as witnessed among these tracks. We travel through small group swing to bebop influenced modern harmonic and rhythmically conceptual pieces, urgent, wild and frantic as detected in his amazing guitar playing!
7 discs of pure genius. 143 tracks of the finest gypsy jazz, in chronological order, starting from 1934 until 1939.
277 tracks 1928-50, 64bit mastering. Django Reinhardt recorded prolifically in many different group settings over 4 decades. It's difficult to know where to start or where to go once you've gotten started collecting a few of his recordings. The 20 cd Djangologie box set is the place to go once you've decided to take the plunge into Django's music. It covers all 4 decades chronologically, but rather than trying to comprehensively collect all of Django's recordings (including all of the ones where he is a sideman in dance bands etc) it largely concentrates on the Quintette and other small group recordings, which is what most people want to hear. The sound quality is very good and relatively consistent throughout the collection. There is a minimum of tape hiss, clicks and pops. The sound mastering hasn't overemphasized any portion of the audio spectrum and has instead gone for a balanced group sound. Highly recommended if you want to get serious about listening to Django without all of the confusion that comes from piecing together smaller complilations.
Django Reinhardt would have turned a hundred years old in 2010. His music goes beyond time and the talents of his son (Babik) and grandson (David) follow his steps as a giant of music. This album pays a beautiful tribute to Django with those three amazing composers and guitar players entitled “Nuvens de Saudade” (a title written by Babik Reinhardt in memory of his father). As you listen to Django’s recordings, you are first surprised by his powerful way to play, the energy of his inspiration and the coherence of his work. Django has always taken risks to create new forms and innovate new sounds as he is undoubtably the best guitar player of all times…
…Within a few days 20 outstanding performances were waxed, and every single side is astonishing in its freshness and lyrical invention. In addition to defining the sound of the Quintet in its prime, this volume includes two unaccompanied guitar solos – the stunningly virtuosic "Parfum" is one of Django's all-time greatest recorded achievements – and a pair of guitar/alto saxophone duets featuring the great Andre Ekyan.