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Nuages

Django Reinhardt

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
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Tracks

Nuages; Minor Swing; Swing Guitars; After You’ve Gone; Limehouse Blues; Georgia On My Mind; Nagasaki; Shine; Charleston; Exactly Like You; You’re Driving Me Crazy; Ain’t Misbehaving’; Rose Room; Chicago; Out of Nowhere *; Sweet Georgia Brown; Japanese Sandman; Farewell Blues.

Personnel

Coleman Hawkins
saxophone, tenor
Benny Carter
saxophone, alto
Dicky Wells
trombone
Andre Ekyan
saxophone, alto
Alix Cambelle
saxophone, tenor
Bill Coleman
trumpet

Album Description

“5 stars.” – Jim Macnie, Down Beat French Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt made more music with two fingers than most mortals could with twenty. This timeless Arkadia Records collection of classic compositions, entitled “Django Reinhardt: Nuages”, features the Hot Club of France with Stéphane Grappelli and the great Benny Carter Orchestra, as well as two newly discovered performances with legendary saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. The recording has been remastered to a stunning clarity that highlights the genius of this modern guitar innovator.Django and Grappelli “Out of the vaults: These historic cuts, recorded between 1936 and 1940 at the Hot Club of France, show Reinhardt at the apex of his career, after the fire that left him with two unusable fingers on his fret hand… Kudos to Arkadia for bringing this one back from the great beyond.” – Pete, Soundboard Born Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt, Django spent his early years traveling throughout Europe with his community of gypsies until his early teens, when they settled outside of Paris. Reinhardt severely burned his left hand in a fire, forcing him to relearn the guitar without the full use of his hand. What developed was a unique method of guitar... playing that unquestionably influenced his individual sound and wowed musicians with the ability to play scales with only two working fingers. “As the fledgling Arkadia Jazz label’s first historical project, they have scored a musical bullseye, hitting Django Reinhardt’s most fabled period down the center. Arkadia has actually done a better job of remastering these tracks than a lot of the major labels’ attempts… the variable yet decent sound is usually bright and forward with little distortion. As a single-disc introduction to an ingratiating group of great musicians, this release is very competitive.” – Richard S. Ginell, All-Music Guide Django Reinhardt is arguably Europe’s most influential Jazz musician. With this remastered Arkadia Records recording, “Django Reinhardt: Nuages”, the virtuosic sound and fabled legacy of Django Reinhardt are captured for future generations to cherish. Django Reinhardt’s unique personality and unparalleled inventiveness made him one of the most important musicians and instantaneously recognizable sounds in Jazz. 


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