Sunday, April 3, 2016

Django Reinhardt 1928-1934 (1) - Intégrale, vol. 1

This is a first double-album in a series that aims to present the recordings of Django Reinhardt in their entirety, whether those under his own name or those made as sideman/accompanist to others. Let us begin, however, by identifying four early sides of exceptional rarity that are missing from this opening volume, in the fervent hope that some reader may be able to provide us with a copy for inclusion later. The first two items, "Sur la Place de l’Opéra" and "E viva la Carmencita" sung by a certain Chaumel, make up record number 962 on the Henry label ; and the other two are from the March 1933 session by the “Boîte à Matelots” group [Cd. 2, # 6-9], Ensemble and Rêve de Printemps, issued as a coupling on Odéon 250.419. Django (Jean) Reinhardt was born in Liberchie, near Charleroi, Belgium, on 23 January 1910. On his birth certificate, his name was spelt “Reinhart”, while his Manouche gypsy family signed the same document “Reinhard”. Django himself, who had a slight but appealing lisp, hardly shed any light on the matter, for he learned to read (quite well) and write (less well) only during his adult life. Unsurprisingly, therefore, when this by now young banjoist made his first records in 1928 in the bands of accordion-players, the companies concerned struggled with his name. Gramophone simply ignored the problem by not mentioning him; Idéal presented him as “Jiango Renard”; while Henry were content to stick with “Jeangot”. As late as 1934-35, one could still even find “Jungo”! The leading accordionists of the day were highly impressed by this fearless, banjo-playing youngster, by now living in a caravan on the murky, no-man’s-land fringes of Paris. Jean Vaissade later recalled how “we almost found him too good, and we were always a little scared he might upstage us!” Which, because of the recording balance, is what Django virtually does on Vaissade’s 20 June 1928 session for Gramophone, which produced four published sides : "Ma Régulière", "Griserie", "Parisette" and "La Caravane", our opening items here. Regrettably, six other performances were rejected and destroyed. Around this same period, and perhaps even a short time before the above cuts, Vaissade recorded at least another six sides with Django in the line-up, this time for Idéal. All extremely rare, we are proud to confirm that they are nevertheless on offer here [Cd. 1, # 5-10]. Judging by the sound, it seems almost certain that, although made in 1928, these discs were made by the old acoustic method. Probably also acoustic recordings are the four sides with “Accordion Virtuoso ” Marceau on the Henry label, made a little later that same year [Cd. 1, # 12-15]. Here, banjoist “Jeangot” is in crackling form, and it is ironical to think that he himself almost certainly never heard these records. For these extremely rare sides suffered such laughably meagre distribution that, when Django died in 1953, nobody was even aware of their existence. They were rediscovered purely by chance some 30-odd years later. Still not rediscovered even today are the recordings Django made with the famous Alexander, probably for some little-known companies around 1927-28. “More than ten numbers,” the gypsy himself once recalled. Perhaps the elusive Monsieur Chaumel is once again involved, for it is widely believed the accordionist on the singer’s efforts for the Henry label was Alexander. Probability suggests that Alexander cut some further material at the same session, with Django still in the line-up but without the singer. But which sides are they ? Of four contenders so far unearthed, only one, "Parisette" [Cd. 1, # 11], features a banjo virtuoso of Django’s calibre. We leave you to judge for yourselves.
Adapted by Don WATERHOUSE from the French text of Daniel NEVERS
© FRÉMEAUX & ASSOCIÉS SA 1996

Django Reinhardt
"Presentation Stomp"
The Complete Django Reinhardt, vol. 1
(1928-1934)

Tracks

Cd. 1

ORCH. MUSETTE JEAN VAISSADE
(1928)
1 Ma régulière (Borel Clerc)   2:59
2 Griserie (Bosc)  2:45
3 Parisette (Wolter)  2:42
4 La caravane (Moretti)  2:47
5 Amour de Gitane (Vaissade)  3:07
6 Aubade charmeuse (Vaissade)  2:47
7 Môme la gratiche (Puig)  2:50
8 L’Ondée (Vaissade, Silvestri)  2:39
9 La plus Belle (Darlay)  2:49
10 Déception d’Amour (Pourville, Silvestri)  3:05

L’ORCHESTRE ALEXANDER
(1928)
11 Parisette (Wolter)  2:22

MARCEAU ACCORDEONISTE VIRTUOSE
(1928)
12 Miss Columbia (Marceau)  2:14
13 Au pays de l’Hindoustan (Dehette)  2:39
14 Tarragone (Marceau, Pellemeule)  2:49
15 Moi aussi (Marceau, Dehette))  2:44

LOUIS VOLA ET SON ORCHESTRE DU LIDO DE TOULON
(1931)
16 Canaria (Laren, Vola)  2:38
17 C’est une valse qui chante (Grothe, Rotter, Waltham)  3:06
18 Carinosa (Larena, Pesenti)  2:56

ELIANE DE CREUS ET L’ORCHESTRE DU THEATRE DAUNOU
(1933)
19 Y en n’a pas deux comme moi (Bastia, Bastia)  3:13

L’ORCHESTRE DU THEATRE DAUNOU
(1933)
20 Ah ! la biguine (Bastia, Bastia)  2:45


Cd. 2

L’ORCHESTRE DU THEATRE DAUNOU
(1933)
1 Si j’aime Suzy (Bastia, Bastia)  2:22

ELAINE DE CREUS & JEAN SABLON
(1933)
2 Parce que je vous aime (Bastia, Bastia)  3:22
3 Si j’aime Suzy (Bastia, Bastia)  2:54

JEAN SABLON
(1933)
4 Le même coup (Bastia, Nivoix)  3:12
5 Je suis Sex Appeal (Bastia, Nivoix)  2:55

GUERINO ET SON ORCH. MUSETTE
(1933)
6 Brise napolitaine (Guérino, Peyronnin)  2:47
7 Vito (Lope)  2:30
8 Gallito (Lope)  2:59
9 Ne sois pas jalouse (Oberfeld, Pujol)  2:56

JEAN SABLON & L’ORCH. ANDRE EKYAN
(1934)
10 Le jour où je te vis (The Day You Came Along) (Johnston, Coslow, Palex, Hennevé)  3:11
11 Prenez garde au grand méchant loup
(Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf ?) (Churchill, Ponnell, Valaire, Valmy)  2:34
12 Pas sur la bouche (Sablon, Le Pelletier)  2:31

GERMAINE SABLON & L’ORCH. MICHEL WARLOP
(1934)
13 Un jour sur la mer (I Cover the Waterfront) (Green, Palex, Hennevé)  3:19
14 Ici l’on pêche [take 1] (Tranchant)  3:24
15 Ici l’on pêche [take 2] (Tranchant)  3:30
16 Toboggan (Parès)  2:47
17 Celle qui est perdue (Tranchant)  2:37

MICHEL WARLOP ET SON ORCHESTRE
(1934)
18 Presentation Stomp (Warlop)  3:06

GERMAINE SABLON & L’ORCH. MICHEL WARLOP
(1934)
19 La chanson du large (Tranchant)  3:20
20 J’suis pas un ange (Brooks)  3:17


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Personnel
Featuring Django Reinhardt (Jiango Renard), Jean Sablon, Jean Vaissade, Maurice Alexander, Erardy, Faustin Jeanjean, Roger Jeanjean, Michel Emer, Max Elloy, Louis Vola, Michel Warlop, Mireille, "Tarteboule", Baro Ferret, Eugène d'Hellemmes, Stéphane Grappelli, Alix Combelle, etc...

Recorded between June 26, 1928 & March 16, 1934

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23 comments:

Orbyt said...

Tempest Bebende! Mille mercis Mel for completing this wonderful series.

zero said...

A priceless series. Thank you!

Mileskat said...

Thanks! The set is now complete. Wow. Thanks Melanchthon.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel for this wonderful series.

jessouaffe said...

Et voili !
Lu séra est complote.

merci XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX fois

flyingfinger said...

It's the pride of my collection, and now complete in flac and scans, with all thanks to you! I first began collecting Django in the mid 1970's at the Tower Records in Hollywood, California. My buddy and I concentrated on the Djangologie 20 LP set, but bought everything else we could find. Many huge thanks for all your amazing work.

Anonymous said...

A million thanks for this awesome series! Far more than expected when I googled for
some Django stuff, and accidentaly discovered this marvelous site: great selection of
music, lossless format, working links (even the older ones), super hi-res artwork...
Music blogging doesn't get any better than this!
Sivad

happy said...

Thank you very much, your blog is amazing. I have one problem CD1 (http://lix.in/-988105) is corrupted. I have downloaded it twice, problems with both. If you could check it.

Thank you

jazztap said...

merci

Andrzej said...

Post with Lester Young The Kansas City Sessions I've opened simply, but here (and Dizzy Gillespie 1950) a password is expected. I can't find it... I don't know if is it a problem of password or dead link?
Blog is fantastic an I'd like to hear many historic recordings, but I'm affraid I can't open them. Melanchthon, HELP!!!

Lilla said...

Andrzej, the Pass is on the main page under PW, (right)

Andrzej said...

Lilla, it works!!! THANK YOU! I'm rather an "oldschool" man, so I don't know "secrets" of computers...
Thanks once more. A.

MrVinteuil said...

Irremplaçable Django...Merci infiniment pour ce merveilleux partage !!

bosshoss said...

Is there any chance of a re-up of this plus vols 3, 17 & 18?
I would dearly love it....
All the best, bosshoss

FrankDell said...

A thousand thank you, Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for reposting this, Mel. This was the one I was missing from your previous run through this series. As always, your blog as outstanding!

Julius L said...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

-Otto- said...

Great! It's all still there. Thank you for the work you put into the Intégrale. Thank you, Melanchthon!

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Historicus said...

GREAT, a big thank you!

Anonymous said...

hallelujah!

Luis said...

Thanks very much! Now complete the best collection of Django recordings.

Fred Archtop said...

Great great young Django. Thanks Mel.