Django Reinhardt: Minor Swing
Quintette du Hot Club de France
The Best of Django Reinhardt (Blue Note CDP 7243 8 37138 2 0)
Composed by Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli.
Recorded: Paris, November 25, 1937
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
What am I going to say to criticize this record? Would I complain about the 1937 technology’s failure to adequately capture the sound of this historic ensemble (the Quintette du Hot Club de France)? Nah. There may be several angles to view this work but as is often the case with these sorts of things my gut and emotions win out. The beauty of the melodic lines laid down by the two soloists, Grappelli and Reinhardt, says it all. This is buoyant, fun, mature music that harkens back to such a different time. It bears witness to an era that poets would speak more accurately of than historians. If you don’t have this in your collection, please seek help, fast!
Reviewer: Frank Murphy