Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joseph Reinhardt joue... Django

If anyone was born in someone else's shadow it was Joseph Reinhardt (March 1st 1912 - February 7th 1982). Brother to Django Reinhardt he selflessly played a rhythm guitarist's role for his more famous brother, even though he was a great guitarist and composer himself. Joseph could be found accompanying his brother in cafes and in the bal-musette halls on either guitar or banjo and soon progressed to play with Louis Volas's Palm beach Orchestra. By 1933 he was popular and was found playing in various groups playing hot jazz. He even filled in for his brother on several occasions when Django failed to show up. By 1934 he was a full time guitarist in Le Quintette du Hot Club de France alongside his brother. Other roles including being Django's guitar carrier and spare string keeper, this eventually got the better of him and he decided to quit in 1937.
After his departure from the Quintette he worked with Aimé Barelli's big band and Alex Combelle's Jazz de Paris and recorded his first solo recordings with various groups, Gus Viseur "Swing 42", Hubert Rostaing "L'oeil Noir", Alex Combelle "If I had You". In 1943 he formed his own group recording with violinist Claude Laurence (alias Andre Hodeir). In 1947 he was to be found playing electric guitar with Stéphane Grappelli's Hot Four. Django followed his brother in the same year and started playing electric guitar with less positive results. Joseph apparently still lived the nomadic existence of his forebears and enjoyed nature at first hand, he showed this love for nature in various paintings of caravan scenes, campfires, horses etc.. After his brothers death in 1953 Joseph laid down the guitar and did not start playing again until 1957, at this point he attempted to finish Django's unfinished Messe Gitane. In 1958 he appeared in the documentary "Django Reinhardt" which led to his appearance in a short film Paris Blues (1961). At this time he formed his own quintette and recorded two LP's . The 60's was quite an active period for Joseph, recording with his own string quintet and at the "Blue Jazz Museum" with his regular accompanists of the period, Dingo Adel and Jacques Montagne (Hot Club Records - "Live in Paris 1966"). He appeared at several concerts, performed in various Paris nightclubs occasionally with Babik Reinhardt and even visited the UK, playing and recording with Diz Disley. By the 1970's, however, his public performances had reduced although he did appear at the Samois Festival. For almost all his post-Hot Club Quintet work, Joseph Reinhardt used a very odd looking guitar that he made himself which, surprisingly, had a nice acoustic tone although it was frequently amplified. His early solo playing was considerably less flamboyant than Django and he subsequently developed a modern jazz style reminiscent of his brother's '47/48 electric work. He was above all else, a lyrical performer capable of producing some quite haunting compositions.
Nin-Nin died on 24th February, 1982 and was buried beside Django at Samois perhaps, thereby, publicly condemned to remain in the shadow of his illustrious brother for eternity or, perhaps, ensured a posthumous recognition that he otherwise could not have expected.

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Joseph Reinhardt
Joue.... Django


1 Djangology (Reinhardt) 2:40
2 Manoir de mes Rêves (Reinhardt) 4:58
3 Bric Top (Reinhardt) 2:35
4 Nuages (Reinhardt) 3:53
5 Bric-à-Brac* (J. Reinhardt) 2:47
6 Sweet Sue (Young) 3:19
7 Triste Mélodie (J. Reinhardt) 4:37
8 I Know that You Know (Youmans, Coldwel) 2:51
9 Manouche (J. Reinhardt) 2:42
10 Mon pote le Gitan (Verières, Heral) 2:28
11 Oui, pour vous revoir (J. Reinhardt) 2:32


[# 1-8] Joseph Reinhardt joue... Django
Joseph Reinhardt - g
Pierre Ramonet - vl
Jean Maille & Paul Mayer - g
Pierre Sim - b
* Savé Englebert-Racine Schumacher - g 
Recorded at Salle Adyar, Paris ; 1958
[# 9-10] Mon Pote le Gitan
Joseph Reinhardt - g
Other unknow
Recorded in 1959
[# 11]
Joseph Reinhardt - g
Stéphane Grappelli - vl
Roger Chaput - g
Emmanuel Soudieux - b
Recorded October 17, 1947


the jazzman said...

Thank you.

Bill said...

I don't say thank you nearly enough for all the very fine work you do and I'll try to be better in the future. For now, thanks so much for the Joseph Reinhardt. I look forward to hearing it.

Mileskat said...

Thank you. I've never seen this before.

GuitarGus said...

Thanks for this and many others - A real treat !

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel, this is hard to find here. Thanks so much!

jbea said...

Nice one Mel.
Rare stuff!

L.O.L. said...

Thanks, Mel.

Baruch said...

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

flyingfinger said...

Many thanks Baruch! Only have 1 by Brother Joseph till now ~ and say hello to Mel:)

5 cents said...

Baruchinator! Thank you. Delightful.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Baruch!!

Philo said...

I missed this the first time around. Thanks for the re-up. I'm really enjoying the music.

Le Vélomane vintage said...

Hi, the links doesn't work.