Django Reinhardt: Improvisation No. 2
Improvisation No. 2
Django Reinhardt (guitar)
Souvenirs – Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelly with The Quintet of the Hot Club of France (Verve 820591-2)
Django Reinhardt (guitar).
Composed by Django Reinhardt.
Recorded: London, October 9, 1938
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
The only solo piece on this CD finds Reinhardt doing what he does best. His explorations of melody and improvisation are legendary in the jazz canon, as borne out by this document. This is not a tossed-off bit of excess that Decca decided to release to pad a collection of outtakes. For all his blinding technique, this work finds the Belgian gypsy in a reflective mood, establishing a very cogent melodic statement right from the start. He then continues to elaborate and expand the thematic material for the rest of the recording. That said, there is a very definite structure to the piece that makes it difficult for me to envision it as completely off the cuff as one imagines an "improvisation" to be. I'm not complaining!
Reviewer: Frank Murphy