Django Reinhardt: Ain't Misbehavin'
Quintette du Hot Club de France
The Classic Early Recordings In Chronological Order - Volume 5 (JSP)
Lucien Simoens (bass).
Composed by Fats Waller, Andy Razaf, and Harry Brooks.
Recorded: Paris, April 22, 1937
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Grappelli states the melody with the effervescence and lighthearted swing that are his trademarks. Django starts his solo sluggishly here, and in the second eight bars either misses the chord or is trying for an unusual polytonal effect. But in the second chorus he takes flight, and dishes out choice phrases that build on very large interval jumps. Then come some wild and woolly guitar chords that sound—I kid you not—like a steam locomotive heading down the track. The band is so far out of the stratosphere by this point that they don't even reprise the melody. Forget the title—some serious misbehavin' is goin' down here.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia