Django Reinhardt: Dinah




Le Quintette du Hot Club de France


Rétrospective Django Reinhardt 1934-53 (Saga 038 161-2)

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Django Reinhardt (guitar), Stéphane Grappelli (violin), Joseph Reinhardt (guitar), Roger Chaput (guitar), Louis Vola (bass).

Composed by Harry Akst, Sam M.Lewis and Joe Young


Recorded: Paris, 28th December 1934


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

A concert on the 2nd December 1934 at the Ecole Normale de Musique marked the definitive arrival of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Imagine how it must have sounded to 1930s jazz fans – no drums, no brass, no saxes! Twenty-six days later Reinhardt showed what a short step the campfire extemporizations of a Manouche gypsy guitarist were from jazz improvisation. The group stood out because their jazz was so quintessentially European at a time when everyone else’s was so quintessentially American. Their boulevardier brio convincingly suggested that jazz could reflect “local” culture without sacrificing the elements that made Afro-American jazz so compelling and subversive.

Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson

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