Sunday, January 31, 2016

Django Reinhardt 1938 (2)-1939 (1) - Intégrale, vol. 8

According to Charles Delaunay, the Reinhardt film legacy is extremely limite. He participated in Clair de Lune in 1931 or ’32, but apparently no copy exist. Subsequently, we find La Route du Bonheur (1951-52) which could be rated as a total flop save the presence of Django and Satchmo (who don’t, unfortunately, play together). Delaunay obviously suffered a few slips of the memory. As we discovered in Volume 7, several seconds were filmed in Holland late 1937. Another clip exists, no doubt taken during the Occupation and another was filmed at Liberation time. In both, the guitarist is seen rather than hear On the other hand, Delaunay doesn’t forget the mysterious short-length film, which he believed to be produced in 1938 in Paris and which comprised three titles, one being 'J’attendrai' (known in England under the title, 'Au Revoir'). The producers were, in fact, English, having come to the continent in order to prepare the promotion of the Quintet for their British tour in Summer 1938.
The peculiarity of Delaunay’s statement is that he mentions three titles in this advertisement that was to be plugged in the cinemas of the English towns targeted by the impresario, Lew Grade (later known as Lord Grade) for the group’s triumphant tour. One explanation is that several numbers were filmed before settling upon one of the international hits of the year, 'J’attendrai' (originally an Italian song called 'Tornerai'). From the handful of copies still in existence, this six-minute clip can be judged as being of acceptable quality. A distinct comparison is made between the “straight” and the “hot”. A Handel-style largo is followed by a few trumpet and saxophone breakAn English dance band then goes into a punctilious J’attendrai with no deviations from the sheet music before the arrival of the true jazzmen - those who play by ear and who get their biggest kicks from improvisation. Firstly, we find the three members of the rhythm section, looking like characters out of Scarface in a somewhat sleazy hotel room. Then, a dreamy Django, leaning back with his feet up, starts picking some pretty notes, to be answered by Stéphane’s violin on the other side of the room. This scene is cross-faded to be replaced with a spick and span Quintet on stage, interpreting the tune as if they had known it for aeon As for Django, he appears forever concentrated and solemn, giving the impression that he knows exactly where he is going and that, curiously, improvisation is preordaine It is equally fascinating to watch his mutilated left hand at work. Although Grappelli once stated that his partner had found a technique whereby he could make use of his two maimed digits, this was definitely not the case in this particular interpretation.
Adapted by Laure WRIGHT from the French text of Daniel NEVERS
© FRÉMEAUX & ASSOCIES, 1998.

Django Reinhardt
Swing from Paris
The Complete Django Reinhardt, vol. 8
(1938-1939)

Tracks

Cd. 1

“JAZZ HOT” (BANDE-SON/SOUNDTRACK) (1938)
1 J’attendrai (bande son) (Olivieri, Rastelli)  6:20

LEO MARJANE - ORCH. WAL BERG (1938)
2 Bei mir bist du schön (in English) (Jacob, Secunda, Cahn, Chaplin)  2:51
3 Bei mir bist du schön (in French) (Jacob, Secunda, Cahn, Larue)  2:44

LARRY ADLER AV. LE QUINTETTE DU H.C.F. (1938)
4 Body and Soul (Green, Sour, Heyman, Eyton)  3:03
5 Lover, Come Back to Me [take 1] (Romberg)  2:31
6 Lover, come Back to Me [take 2] (Romberg)  2:35
7 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett-Norton)  3:12
8 I Got Rhythm [take 1] (Gershwin)  2:51
9 I Got Rhythm [take 2] (Gershwin)  2:56

QUINTETTE DU HOT CLUB DE FRANCE (1938)
10. Billets Doux (Yvain)  2:52
11 Swing from Paris (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:29
12 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tracy, Tauber)  3:00
13 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  2:50
14 Appel Direct (appel indirect) (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:58

GRANDE NUIT DU JAZZ / SWING NIGHT IN PARIS (30/06/1938)
Extraits
15 a) QUINTETTE DU H.C.F. , medley : Daphné / Limehouse Blues/ Swing Guitars 7:48
16 b) VALAIDA SNOW & DJANGO REINHARDT, medley : Bei mir bist du schön / St.Louis blues  2:45
17 c) MICHEL WARLOP & DJANGO REINHARDT : Sweet Sue [incomplet]  2:15

QUINTETTE DU HOT CLUB DE FRANCE (1938)
18 The Flat Foot Floogie (Gaillard, Stewart, Green)  2:54
19 Lambeth Walk (Gay, Furber, Rose)  2:45
20 Why Shouldn’t I ? (Porter)  2:47

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Cd. 2

DJANGO REINHARDT (SOLOS) ET GRAPPELLI (1938)
1 I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm [take 1] (Berlin)  2:28
2 I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm [take 2] (Berlin)  2:22
3 Please be Kind (Cahn, Chaplin)  2:43
4 Louise (Robin, Whiting)  2:36

DJANGO REINHARDT (SOLOS) (1938)
5 Improvisation n° 2 [take 1] (Reinhardt)  2:39
6 Improvisation n° 2 [take 2] (Reinhardt)  2:40

QUINTETTE DU HOT CLUB DE FRANCE (1939)
7 Hungaria [take 1] (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:46
8 Hungaria [take 2] (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:45
9 Jeepers Creepers [take 1] (Warren, Mercer)  3:13
10 Jeepers Creepers [take 2] (Warren, Mercer) 3:13
11 Swing 39 (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:18
12 Japanese Sandman (Egan-Whiting)  2:39
13 I Wonder Where my Baby is Tonight [take 1] (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:01
14 I Wonder Where my Baby is Tonight [take 2] (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:07
15 Tea for Two [take 1] (Youmans, Caesar)  2:50
16 Tea for Two [take 2] (Youmans, Caesar)  2:51
17 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton)  3:20
18 Time on my Hands (Youmans, Gordon, Adamson)  2:40
19 Twelfth Year [take 1] (Reinhardt)  2:37
20 Twelfth Year [take 2] (Reinhardt)  2:40

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Personnel
Featuring Django Reinhardt, Jean Sablon, Joseph Reinhardt, Emil Stern, Pierre "Baro" Ferret, Stéphane Grappelli, Emmanuel Soudieux, Maurice Chaillou, Jerry Mengo, Eugène Vées, Larry Adler, Roger Grasset, Valaïda Snow, Poger "Toto" Grasset, etc...

Recorded between, March 23, 1938 & March 21, 1939

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4 comments:

Mileskat said...

Many thanks for another Django Integrale!

jbea said...

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