Django Reinhardt: Djangology
Le Quintette du Hot Club de France
Django Reinhardt 1934-1937 (Jazz Archives 157522)
Composed by Stéphane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt.
Recorded: Paris, September 1935
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
The first Continentals to play le jazz Américain on a par with Yanks, Le Quintette du Hot Club de France was inspired by the late-1920s Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti tandem. Reinhardt and Grappelli, however, made world-class swing with the odd instrumentation of violin, bass and three guitars (perhaps booked by practical Joe-ker Venuti, who once engaged 20+ bassists for the same nonexistent gig). Grappelli was a fine fiddler, but Django reigned supreme. When not firing off explosive volleys of single-note solos, Django's rhythm guitar could power a transatlantic crossing of the Ile de France. "Djangology" is dje-lightful, it's dje-licious, it's dje-lovely!
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz