Saturday, April 29, 2017

Django Reinhardt on Vogue (1934-1951)

This superb box set contains all the music recorded by the legendary Belgian-born Romani (Gypsy) guitarist / composer Django Reinhardt for the French Vogue label. Reinhardt lived near Paris since his early childhood and most of his musical activities were carried out in France and with French musicians. These recordings cover his entire career since the period he first discovered Jazz in the early 1930s and until his untimely death at the age of 43 in 1953.
Reinhardt is considered to be the Godfather of modern guitar, in Jazz as well as in Rock. His playing influenced countless guitarists all over the years and is still considered exemplary today. He is also considered as a pioneer, who made the guitar a central instrument in Jazz. His close ties with the Gypsy folklore and his ability to incorporate it into his playing gave birth to the Gypsy Jazz subgenre, which enjoys tremendous popularity to this very day. But perhaps most importantly he was the first original European Jazz musician of fame and influence, who preceded the birth of European Jazz by three decades.
Most of the music in this box set was recorded by the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which Reinhardt co-founded with French violinist and life-time collaborator Stephane Grappelli. This revolutionary and pioneering all-strings Jazz quintet demonstrated a completely new approach to Jazz improvisation and thanks to Reinhardt's and Grappelli's virtuosity achieved a worldwide following and admiration. Immediately after WW II Reinhardt visited the USA and managed to record with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and other American bands ; these recordings are also included herein.
The contents of this box set in undoubtedly some of the most iconic Jazz music ever recorded, which still universally reverberates in contemporary music regardless of genre. Reinhardt's legend lives on, inspiring young musicians to pick up the instrument and create new sounds, which is exactly what Django would have wanted. Essential stuff for mental health !
Adam Baruch, (

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Django Reinhardt
On Vogue
Complete Edition


Cd. 1

The Ultraphone Sessions, vol. 1

1 Tiger Rag (DaCosta, Edwards, Edwards)  2:20
2 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)   2:11
3 Confessin’ (Daugherty, Reynolds)  2:36
4 I Saw Stars (Siegler, Goodhart, Hoffman)  2:41
5 Confessin’ (Daugherty, Reynolds)  2:47
6 Dinah (Askt, Lewis, Young)  2:34
7 Tiger Rag (LaRocca)  2:33
8 Lady be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:52
9 I Saw Stars (Siegler, Goodhart, Hoffman)  2:29
10 Lily Belle May June (Cooker, Sullivan)  3:36
11 Sweet Sue, Just You (Young, Harris)  2:53
12 Confessin’ (Daugherty, Reynolds)  2:55
13 Continental (Conrad, Magidson)  2:38
14 Blue Drag (Allen)  2:51
15 Swanee River (Foster)  3:02
16 Ton Doux Sourire [The Sunshine of Your Smile] (Cooke, Ray)  2:53
17 Ultrafox (Grappelli, Reinhardt)  3:19


Cd. 2

The Ultraphone Sessions, vol. 2

1 Avalon (Rose, Jolson)  2:51
2 Smoke Rings (Gifford)  2:50
3 Clouds (Donaldson)  3:12
4 Believe it, Beloved (Johnson)  3:10
5 I’ve Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  2:40
6 St Louis Blues (Handy)  3:01
7 Crazy Rhythm (Meyer, Kahn)  2:31
8 The Sheik of Araby (Wheeler, Smith, Snyder)  2:36
9 Chasing Shadows (Davis, Silver)  2:58
10 I've Had My Moments (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:57
11 Some Of These Days (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:22
12 Djangology (Reinhardt)  2:57



Cd. 3

Django Reinhardt And The Air Transport Command Band
Django reinhardt with Duke Ellington And His Orchestra

1 Indicatif  1:10
2 Djangology [Take 1] (Reinhardt)  3:27
3 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf)  2:48
4 Belleville (Reinhardt)  2:12
5 Uptown Blues (Lunceford)  4:06
6 Moten Swing (Moten)   3:05
7 Don't Be That Way (Sampson, Goodman, Parish)  4:17
8 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf)  4:12
9 Improvisation 6 (Reinhardt)  2:20
10 Belleville (Reinhardt)  1:50
11 Moten Swing (Moten)   2:09
12 Uptown Blues (Lunceford)  3:19
13 Djangology (Reinhardt)  3:32
14 Are You In The Mood (Grappelli, Reinhardt)  2:41
15 Apple Honey (Herman)  5:07
16 Ride, Red, Ride (Millinder, Mills)  2:49
17 Blues Riff (Ellington)  3:50
18 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf)  3:36
19 Improvisation n° 2 (Reinhardt)  2:50


Cd. 4

Django Reinhardt et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France

1 Clair De Lune (Kosma)  2:48
2 Lentement Mademoiselle (Reinhardt)  3:37
3 Mélodie au Crépuscule (Reinhardt)  2:37
4 Swing Guitars (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:00
5 Babik (Reinhardt)  2:03
6 This Kind Of Friend (Reinhardt, Bernard)  2:28
7 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:17
8 Viper's Dream (Allen)  2:55
9 Blues Clair (Reinhardt)  2:40
10 Minor Swing (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:49
11 Swing 39 (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:31
12 Swing 41 (Reinhardt)  3:09
13 Del Salle (Reinhardt)  3:18
14 Les Yeux Noirs (Trad.)  3:09
15 Louise (Whiting, Robin) 2:27
16 Django's Dream (Rêverie) (Reinhardt)  3:48
17 Swingtime in Springtime (Reinhardt)  3:07
18 Stockholm (Reinhardt)  3:18
19 Féérie (Reinhardt)  2:17
20 Vendredi 13 (Reinhardt)  1:58


Cd. 5

Django Reinhardt et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France

1 Sweet Chorus (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:01
2 Crépuscule (Reinhardt)  3:54
3 Songe D'Automne (Reinhardt)  3:19
4 I Love You For Sentimental Reason (Best, Watson)  3:07
5 Just One Of Those Things (Porter)  3:16
6 Billets Doux (Yvain)  2:42
7 Porto Cabello (Reinhardt)  3:44
8 Swing Dynamique (Reinhardt)  2:31
9 Lover Man (Ramirez, Davis)  4:09
10 Rythme Futur (Reinhardt)  2:04
11 Artillerie Lourde (Reinhardt)  4:14
12 Pêche à la Mouche (Reinhardt)  2:13
13 Belleville (Reinhardt)  2:32
14 Douce Ambiance (Reinhardt)  2:19
15 Swing De Paris (Reinhardt)  3:47
16 September Song (Weil, Anderson)  3:22
17 Blues en Mineur (Reinhardt)  3:27
18 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh, Fields)  2:46
19 It Had To Be You (Jones, Kahn)  3:05


Cd. 6

Django Reinhardt et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France

1 Manoir de Mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  3:46
2 Mélodie Au Crépuscule (Reinhardt, Riesner)  3:14
3 Dinette (Reinhardt, Rostaing)  2:51
4 Folie A Amphion (Reinhardt)  2:57
5 Place de Brouckère (Reinhardt)  2:39
6 Symphonie (Alstone)  2:37
7 Improvisation sur une Danse Norvegienne (Grieg, arr. Reinhardt)  2:47
8 St Louis Blues (Handy)  4:06
9 Ol' Man River (Kern, Hammerstein)  3:32
10 R-vingt Six (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:52
11 How High The Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:58
12 Swing Guitars (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:54
13 I Love You (Archer)  3:13
14 Tiger Rag (LaRocca)  2:59
15 Tears (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:42
16 Dinah (Akst, Lewis, Young)  3:33
17 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tracy, Tauber)  2:21


Cd. 7

Django Reinhardt et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France

1 Daphné (Reinhardt)  4:25
2 How High The Moon (Lewis, Hamilton)  2:54
3 Manoir de mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  4:27
4 Danse Nuptiale (Reinhardt)  2:34
5 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Meyer, Kahn) 2:55
6 Improvisation N°5 (Reinhardt)  2:01
7 Danse Nuptiale (Reinhardt)  2:02
8 Troublant Bolero (Reinhardt)  4:00
9 Cadillac Slim (Carter, Webster)  2:49
10 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:49
11 Improvisation sur un Thème Mineur (Reinhardt)  4:25
12 Improvisation sur une Danse Norvégienne (Grieg, arr. Reinhardt)  2:38
13 Festival 48 (Reinhardt)  1:53
14 Minor Swing (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:25
15 Symphonie (Alstone, Tabet)  1:38


Cd. 8

Django Reinhardt et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France
Django Reinhardt au Club Saint-Germain

1 Nuages (Reinhardt)  4:07
2 Black Night (diminishing) (Reinhardt)  3:03
3 Improvisation Sur Une Danse Norvegienne (Grieg - arr. Reinhardt)  2:47
4 Micro (Mike) (Reinhardt)  2:31
5 Dream of You (Lunceford, Oliver, Moran)  2:40
6 Place de Brouckère (Reinhardt)  3:14
7 Manoir de mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  3:31
8 C Jam Blues (Bigard, Ellington)   2:35
9 Night And Day (Porter)  2:21
10 Troublant Boléro (Reinhardt)  4:31
11 Margie (Robinson, Conrad)  3:07
12 Diminishing Blackness (Reinhardt)  2:32
13 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:31
14 Impromptu (Reinhardt)  5:06
15 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  3:01
16 Dream Of You (Lunceford, Morales, Oliver)  5:09
17 Manoir de mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  3:48
18 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Fields, McHugh)  4:22
19 Jumpin' With Symphony (Young, Pleasure)  Sid 4:08
20 Nuits De Saint-Germain-Des-Prés (Reinhardt)  1:44


Featuring Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Joseph Reinhardt, Rex Stewart, André Ekyan, Hubert Fol, Mel Powell, Martial Solal, Maurice Vander, Pierre Michelot (b), Jean-Louis Viale, Duke Ellington, etc.

"[...] Musically though, it’s a different journey but equally enjoyable. The eight discs collect every surviving recording made by Reinhardt and his ever-evolving combos, from the point his trio recorded their first acetate in August 1934. His second session from September 1934, made with an expanded line-up, was cheekily credited to Delaunay’s Jazz, after the instigator of the session, publisher Charles Delaunay. After that, the band were known as Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France. Familiarity with the sound hasn’t dimmed the impact of hearing this material – heard en masse it sounds fresh and incredibly vital. The energy reaches almost punk levels. Despite Reinhardt’s Tzigane roots, it’s also instantly clear this sound did not evolve in cultural isolation. American compositions are made over, raising the question of what an audience of pre-war French fruggers made of the recast “Swanee River” or “St Louis Blues”. Duke Ellington was on board, as demonstrated by the 1946 collaboration heard here. Another essential purchase."
Kyeron Tyler, ( 

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klf said...

What a wonderful way to start my Friday evening! Thanks.

lucky5 said...

Thanks a lot for this great music from the guitar genius Django!

Toad said...

Fantastic edition, thanks!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

stringbender said...

This looks quite amazing. Thank you so much.

Bhowani said...

That's some great Django gathered here, thanks anyway.

Luis said...

Thanks Melanchthon. Although I have a integrale of Django, this Fresh Sound reissue is a must.

jazzcat1228 said...

Wow Mel! I can't thank you enough for this awesome set. I hope to explore the integrale series as well. Thank you for feeding my Django obsession.

Frank "dr.crackle" said...

Hello, thank you very much for all the great music!! Unfortunately, the first link for this Django set is dead. Any chance for a re-up? Thanks in advance!!! Greets.

musician3 said...

GREAT.................THANK YOU

hepcat said...

Excellent, many thanks

-Otto- said...

Thanks for the new links, Melanchthon.

rambert said...
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rambert said...

Thanks for another great share. Unfortunately I'm a bit late in finding this and the link to the artwork is dead.

I would be very grateful if you could possibly repost the artwork.


sikes said...

Thanks Mel for this great downlaod, although i too missed out on the artwork, would love the artwork if you could re-up it, thanks

Diego Verlasquez said...

Please Password

Pablo Rivera said...

Excellent stuff! But i can't find the pass D:

Christ0fari said...



Please post it. Thanks!!!!

Christ0fari said...

Pretty please.... Password???

Christ0fari said...

P.S. Found a PW at last.
But horreurs, Mel....thon does not work!!

PLEASE help!!! THANKS!!!

olivier B said...

Links are ... dead.

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1

Cd. 2 + artwork

Cd. 3

Cd. 4

Cd. 5

Cd. 6

Cd. 7

Cd. 8

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Essential!Thank you MM.

Anonymous said...

File 8 is corrupted

Anonymous said...

Could be repaired and added again?

Anonymous said...

Solved, thank you

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot for reuploading!

neil said...

Merveilleuse, mel; merci beaucoup...

francisco santos said...


Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Awesome post before & now.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you, Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

Another amazing Django post Mel. I'm wondering if this stuff is unique when compared to the "Djangologie" 20 CD set? No matter since I grabbed both anyway but just curious. To others reading this as of a couple days ago the links were still alive for that mega 20 CD set here if you want it:

I think I'm pretty well stocked on Django now. Thanks Mel!

GuitarGus said...

Thanks Mel
What a treat !

Dr. Clysmok said...

Well, I was looking for a comprehensive set of Django; I guess I can shut up now.
So much much...
Thanks. :)