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Swing 39: Jazz in Paris
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Although the war was raging when Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France recorded these tracks in 1939, their light-hearted swing on standards such as "Jeepers Creepers," "Tea for T... more »
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Although the war was raging when Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France recorded these tracks in 1939, their light-hearted swing on standards such as "Jeepers Creepers," "Tea for Two," and "My Melancholy Baby" recalls an earlier, more peaceful time. Reinhardt and Grappelli trade solos as if they are giving each other presents. They sound as if they are in a friendly competition to see not who is the fastest or flashiest, but rather who can play the most elegant, musical lines. This CD contains multiple takes of a number of songs, including "Japanese Sandman," "I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight," and the Reinhardt composition "Twelfth Year," but Reinhardt and Grappelli's inventiveness keeps them from sounding repetitive. Their intros and solos are different each time, and you get the feeling they could have recorded the same song a dozen times and come up with 12 different, but equally perfect, versions. The tracks on Swing 39 are among the last recorded in Paris by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Within a few months the group would be split up by the war, with Grappelli spending the duration in London and Reinhardt trapped in Paris. These tracks are a fitting tribute to not only a great band, but also to an era that was soon to disappear forever. --Michael Simmons
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A must for Django fans
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Any fan of Django will enjoy this CD. It is a part of Verve's "Jazz in Paris" collection, recorded in 1939 in Paris.Some of the tracks are repeated which is interesting because it shows how Django and Grappelli can improvise and never play the same way twice."
Ben Thompson | Cheverly, Maryland United States | 05/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is quite simply infectious. Once you turn it on, you can't turn it off.The Amazon reviewer calls some of the tracks "light-hearted swing" and they hit the nail on the head. The all string rhythm section (two guitars, double bass) creates a very relaxed and "light-hearted" mood over which Django and Stephane Grappelli play. Then there is Django. His playing is inspired throughout, and with his virtuoso technique he creates simply magical solos. His solos range from joyous swing to extremely beautiful and expressive (check out "Time on my Hands"). Grappelli plays excellently as well, creating beautiful solos. Also, his playing perfectly complements Django. Actually, the entire band has terrific chemistry. Overall, a great album and a great introduction to Django. All the titles are good. One of the most amazing things about this album is how individual each alternate take is (ex. each of the 3 versions of "Tea for Two" are different; and excellent). So don't skip over the alternate tracks!"
A must for lovers of early jazz.
I. Sondel | Tallahassee, FL United States | 06/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Django Reinhardt's "Swing 39" is a gem. The music is joyous. "Jeeper Creepers," "Swing 39," and "Japanese Sandman" are infectious. This recording, as well as the soundtrack to Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" and Bunny Berigan's "A Melody From the Sky" are among my favorites to slip in the player while I read or putter around the house. Couldn't recommend this more."