Django Reinhardt: Mystery Pacific (aka Mysteric Pacific)
Django Reinhardt (guitar)
The Complete Django Reinhardt & Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France Swing/HMV Sessions (Mosaic 190)
Marcel Bianchi and Pierre Ferret (rhythm guitars), Lois Vola (bass).
Composed by Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli.
Recorded: Paris, April 26, 1937
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
Influenced by Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt in turn inspired Charlie Christian, Les Paul and especially many Europeans who also came out of the Gypsy guitar tradition, most notably Bireli Lagrene. He developed his original style to compensate for his crippled left hand, damaged in a fire. Django's rapid, breathtaking single-note lines at up-tempos, and his expressive lyricism on ballads were an unbeatable combination. This track is a "train song," and one of the most boisterous of such jazz treatments ever recorded. Django and Stéphane as usual share the solo time, while the rest of the Quintette du Hot Club de France lays down a fiercely driving "locomotive" foundation. After Grappelli's passionate solo, Django enters with a scintillating run and never looks back, varying his attack to great effect in a fluent, concise improv.
Reviewer: Scott Albin