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Django Reinhardt: Four Classic Albums Plus

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The legend of Django Reinhardt is the stuff of jazz folklore; the nomadic gypsy had limited use of the fingers on his left hand, yet still managed to create blistering solos, all while creating some of the best jazz to come out of Europe. In fact, Reinhardt spawned his own style, and like many a folk hero, there are those who aspired to his level of musicianship yet come up lacking. Reinhardt's music still sounds fresh and electrifying to this day, and continues to find an eager audience. The question about this compilation of four LPs (which ...

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Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing

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Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing Michael Dregin Paperback; 332 pagesISBN: 978019975625-4Oxford University Press2010 Midnight, Pigalle. The red-light district of Paris glows in a nocturnal carnival of neon and incandescent color.... Welcome to Michael Dregin's engaging Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing, a highly original book that's part history, part detective story and part travelogue. Dregin takes the reader along as he lovingly uncovers the the world of Gypsy jazz, a ...

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Dreyfus Tributes to Django Reinhardt

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Various Artists Generation Django Dreyfus Records 2009 Dorado Schmitt Family Dreyfus Records 2009 Biréli Lagrène Gipsy Trio Dreyfus Records 2009 Biréli Lagrène/ Sylvain Luc Summertime Dreyfus Records 2009 Rocky Gresset Rocky Gresset Dreyfus Records 2009 Philip Catherine Capbreton Dreyfus Records 2010

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Django at 100

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Call it Django or Gypsy jazz, Hot Club, swing or Manouche (another name for gypsy), it's a style that hits you immediately--blazing, hard-picked runs played on a hyper-resonant, flat-top guitar (sound-holes are oval or D-shaped, never round), its intense momentum propelled by bass and rhythm guitar(s), often in tandem with violin, clarinet or accordion and working through standards and rhythms that belonged to the Swing Era. It may have been the first jazz style to develop fully outside the United States, but it's also the most vibrant style of early jazz practiced today, heard more widely and received more enthusiastically ...

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Django Reinhardt And The Illustrated History Of Gypsy Jazz

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Django Reinhardt And The Illustrated History Of Gypsy Jazz Michael Dregni, with Alain Antonietto and Anne Legrand Speck Press ISBN: 10: 1-933108-10-x ISBN: 13: 978-1-933108-10-0 2007

My middle-aged son is an orthopaedic surgeon, after-hours jazz musician and lover of Gypsy swing in general (and Django Reinhardt in particular), and, a few months before I got the opportunity to review this book, I discovered it while searching for a Christmas present for him. It is an attractive volume, soft-bound, smallish “coffee-table-reading in size, with a rusty-orange cover featuring a ...

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Django Reinhardt: Keep Cool: Guitar Solos 1950-53

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Django Reinhardt's last years are his least well known. Facing artistic obsolescence while jazz fans who once embraced him were hooked on the latest thing, Django assembled a new quintet of players schooled in bebop instead of swing to produce some records that were decidedly modern in feel. Long gone were the Hot Club with Stephane Grappelli and the band with Hubert Rostaing; instead, we get a modern combo featuring piano, drums, bass, and even trumpets and saxophones.

Also, Reinhardt had given up his acoustic Selmer for the electric guitar, which may sound a bit jarring to those ...

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Django Reinhardt New York Festival Live at Birdland 2004

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Various Artists Django Reinhardt New York Festival Live at Birdland 2004 2006

The producers of the annual Django Reinhardt New York Festival have followed up the superlative CD drawn from the Festival's 2002 run with a DVD from the 2004 concerts at Birdland. While the DVD leaves a bit to be desired in terms of camera work and general production quality, like its CD predecessor it spotlights Reinhardt's enduring appeal, contemporary masters keeping his flame alight and the dose of “Le Jazz Hot that the City receives yearly. One ...

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Django Reinhardt: Memorial

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When Django Reinhardt switched from acoustic to electric guitar, his fans, feeling betrayed, called him “Judas." However, he later used this new instrument to record Blonde On Blonde, often considered one of the greatest rock records of all time.

Actually, that was Bob Dylan. But Reinhardt's electric period, which encompassed the last few years of his life, is certainly the black sheep of his catalog. Reinhardt was still in fine form and had even incorporated elements of bebop into his playing style. But many hold on to the earlier recordings of the Hot Club, with his sharp, rhythmic ...

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Django Reinhardt: Genius of Improvisation; Blanchard/Schmitt: Rendez-vous

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One of jazz' most distinctive voices, guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) was a master of melodic improvisation and swing. Two new releases continue Reinhardt's legacy: Django Reinhardt: Genius of Improvisation and Rendez-vous by Pierre Blanchard and Dorado Schmitt.

Django Reinhardt Genius of Improvisation Definitive-Disconforme 2005

Genius of Improvisation is a sublime two-disc set containing 48 cuts from Reinhardt's prime years of 1936-1946. The CDs are a nice mix of arrangements, containing two solos, two large group numbers, several vocal numbers, and various lineups of Reinhardt's legendary group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Over ...

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Django Reinhardt

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1910-1953In the sphere of improvisational guitarists one name always warrants mention: Django Reinhardt. He was in a class by himself and has been referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of jazz guitar. To this day no guitarist has come close to his style of playing. His tonal clarity, strength of melody, fullness of expression, enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping speed all reinforced the myth of this gypsy guitarist. His European heritage brought a unique sound to the jazz plate, incorporating elements of classical music and folk traditions. Django was a virtuoso of technique and style, admired by guitarists and jazz ...

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Django Reinhardt 1933-1952

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Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt 1933-1952 BD Jazz 2004

On “Blues Clair," a terrific up-tempo piece I'd not heard before the welcome arrival of this 2-CD set, Django Reinhardt delivers one of the greatest solos you'll hear on any instrument, in any style of music. Right away we hear all the elements that made his legend. He had the technique to crank up to light speed when he wanted, but he doesn't overdo the speedy stuff. In this solo, he instead demonstrates not only his expansive technique but the artistic sagacity that put him in ...

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Django Reinhardt: Retrospective 1934-53

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The Belgian-born gypsy Django Reinhardt, a founding father of modern jazz guitar, is possibly Europe's greatest music export, being amongst the first non-American musicians to conversely influence jazz in the States. This newly issued 3-disc retrospective spreads his career into three distinct periods, from '34 to only months before he died of a stroke in '53. After discovering the music of guitarist Eddie Lang, Django had found inspiration for his renowned single-note runs. His classical-influenced playing ventured from Bach and Debussy, in the form of unaccompanied solo guitar performances ("Improvisation no.2"), to a composition he created as a ...

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Django Reinhardt: Djangology Volume 1: 1934 -1935 / Classic Recordings by the Quintette Du Hot Club De France Volume 2: 1938 - 1938

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Djangology 101.

 Jean Baptiste Reinhardt was a Belgian Gypsy born in 1910 in the Benelux town of Liverchies. He would never be known as Jean Baptiste, however. Django was his moniker and his is a name that looms as larger over Jazz guitar and Jimi Hendrix does over Blues/Rock Guitar. Somewhat of a free spirit, Reinhardt lived his for his own merriment and while doing so created a catalog of music that influenced everyone Stateside from Duke Ellington to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

Originally playing violin first, Reinhardt switched to guitar while living in a caravan outside of ...

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Django Reinhardt: The Classic Early Recordings In Chronoloical Order

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This is almost too good to be true for Django fans. Here's a five CD set, with each CD covering over 70 minutes, excellent sound quality, from this wonderful company in England called JSP, covering around 125 78's of Django's material all for a budget price that is outstanding. (I bought it on the net for $21.49.)

Vol. 1 are 1934-35 recordings featuring Stephane Grapelly. “Connoisseurs will note that the first two Odeon tracks are issued here for first time at the correct pitch". Vol. 2 are the London Deccas (1938 & 1939). Vol. 3 are the 1938-39 Paris Decca ...



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