Monday, March 4, 2013

Django Reinhardt with his American Friends (1935/1945)

The brilliant gypsy swing guitarist Django Reinhardt is most famous for his work with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, an all-string group also including violinist Stephane Grappelli, two rhythm guitarists, and a bassist. However, through the years he also had opportunities to record with American stars. In some cases, they were added to a Quintet date, and in others, he was part of an all-star group. This three-CD set, released in 1998, has 57 performances; all but the final four numbers are from 1935-1940, with quite a few cut in 1937. The value of this wonderful set to collectors depends on how much Django Reinhardt they already have in their collections, as every performance has been reissued in the past. For those listeners who do not own many of these sessions, the selections are essential, since Reinhardt and his guests are consistently inspired by each other's presence. Among the American stars who are featured along with Reinhardt (and frequently Grappelli) are Coleman Hawkins, Frank "Big Boy" Goudie, Bill Coleman, Freddy Taylor, Benny Carter, Dicky Wells, Eddie South, Larry Adler, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard, and Arthur Briggs. The selections are fortunately in chronological order, and each of the 17 recording sessions is reissued in complete form. An extremely well done reissue.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/with-his-american-friends-r366106/review

Django Reinhardt
with his
American Friends
(1935/1945)

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Avalon (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose) 3:02
2 Blue Moon (Hart, Rodgers) 3:13
3 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Adams, Grever) 3:19
4 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish) 3:09
5 St. Louis Blues (Handy) 3:01
6 Rosetta (Hines, Woode) 2:39
7 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish) 2:31
8 The Object of My Affection (Grier, Poe, Tomlin) 2:46
9 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton) 3:05
10 I'se A-Muggin' (Smith) 3:05
11 Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael, Gorrell) 3:12
12 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller) 2:44
13 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer) 2:58
14 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman) 3:15
15 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard) 2:59
16 Bugle Call Rag (Meyers, Pettis, Schoebel) 2:40
17 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler) 2:55
18 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:13
19 Sweet Sue, Just You (Harris, Young) 3:06

*

Cd. 2

1 Hangin' Around Boudon (Wells) 2:52
2 Japanese Sandman (Egan, Whiting) 2:57
3 Eddie's Blues (Reinhardt, South) 3:07
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard) 2:44
5 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:16
6 Dinah (Akst, Lewis, Young) 2:26
7 Daphné (Grappelli, Reinhardt) 2:58
8 I Ain't Got Nobody (Graham, Peyton, Williams) 3:00
9 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Warfield, Williams) 2:57
10 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Warfield, Williams) 2:58
11 Big Boy Blues (Goudie) 3:24
12 Bill Coleman Blues (Coleman) 2:45
13 Swing Guitars (Grappelli, Reinhardt) 3:04
14 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald) 3:27
15 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh) 3:15
16 Improvisation Sur le 1er Mouvement du Concerto en Ré Mineur de ... (Bach) 2:24
17 Fiddle Blues (Grappelli, Reinhardt, South) 2:43
18 Improvisation Sur le 1er Mouvement du Concerto en Ré Mineur de ... (Bach) 3:20

*

Cd. 3

1 I'm Coming Virginia (Cook, Heywood) 3:02
2 Farewell Blues (Mares, Roppolo, Schoebel) 3:15
3 Blue Light Blues (Ellington) 3:03
4 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 3:02
5 Lover, Come Back to Me (Hammerstein, Romberg) 2:31
6 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton) 3:13
7 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:51
8 Montmartre (Stewart) 2:22
9 Low Cotton (Stewart) 2:58
10 Finesse (Night Wind) (Taylor) 2:18
11 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler) 2:57
12 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans) 2:29
13 Solid Old Man (Bigard, Stewart, Taylor) 3:02
14 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton) 3:13
15 Scatterbrain (Henderson, Woode) 2:17
16 Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar, Grey, Youmans) 2:44
17 Djangology (Reinhardt) 2:33
18 Swing Guitars (Grappelli, Reinhardt) 2:21
19 Manoir de Mes Reves (Reinhardt) 3:13
20 Are You in the Mood ? (Grappelli, Reinhardt) 2:56


Personnel
Featuring Django Reinhardt, Noël Chiboust, Eugène d'Hellemes, Stéphane Grappelli, Coleman Hawkins, Frank "Big Boy" Goudie, Pierre "Baro" Ferret, Bill Coleman, Freddy Taylor, Benny Carter, Dicky Wells, Eddie South, Larry Adler, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard, Arthur Briggs, etc.

Recorded between March 2, 1935 & November 6, 1945

14 comments:

LaroSwing said...

Thank you Melanchthon! It's a great update for me, I only had it in mp3. I really love these tracks!

deGallo said...

Likewise...a very appreciated upgrade. Thank you.

swamielmo said...

thanks mel, i was just listening to "swing 48" when i noticed this post. i have loved django since i was a kid.

Lalo said...

Thanks so much for this excellent compilation.

The Jackal said...

Uncanny timing, watched a french Django doco yesterday and realised I lacked many of the later recordings. What a great man as well.

Blue Eyes said...

Wow! thanks a lot Mel for this compil' with the master Django!

Zape said...

Thank you Mel!

blissedout said...

Fine offering!
Merci, monsieur Mel.

Melanchthon said...

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Albertito Jazz said...

I'm happy all the day -and night- with your incredible music, Melanchthon!

birin said...

Sublime!
Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

Antonio said...

Muy buena música, ¡muchas gracias!

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Zorn said...

Restore, please!
It is thankful in advance!