Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli|
Quintette Du Hot Club De France - 25 Classics 1934
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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One of the best Django CDs in a crowded field.
Ed Brickell | 11/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Reinhardt/Grappelli discography is currently overcrowded with product both good and slipshod, and someone just wanting an introduction to their marvelous music could easily get confused. Make no mistake, the vast majority of these 25 performances (clocking at a generous 74:15 running time) are taken from THE classic "Hot Club de France" quintet performances from the 1930s, and represent much of the very best work these two masterful musicians ever did together.For those not familiar with ASV's "Living Era" series, these are beautifully and unobtrusively remastered old recordings -- a virtual sonic textbook on how to remaster the old stuff right. The price is nothing to complain about, either.If you're looking for one Reinhardt/Grappelli CD, this is the one to have."
Maybe the best guitarist who ever played
Ed Brickell | 02/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like virtuoso jazz guitar and violin, old swing tunes, amazing acoustic guitar playing, or just great music in general, don't miss a chance to hear Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. When the Hot Club of France was formed in the 1930s, nobody had ever played quite like this before, and nobody has since (though many have tried). Probably the reason they aren't better known today is, first of all, because they played in Europe and never really entered the mainstream of American jazz, and also because until recently their remarkable music was available only on relatively poor-quality LPs and old 78s. In recent years, however, the wonders of digital remastering have brought these wonderful old tunes back to life, and a whole new audience can marvel at their virtuosity. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of Reinhardt and Grappelli's CDs, because their music is consistently excellent, but this one has a fine selection of songs and is a good place to start for someone who isn't already familiar with these amazing musicians. One thing I have to mention, though, is that the editorial review (by Jazziz) refers to a "6-CD set," which is apparently a different compilation. This is just a single CD, although there's quite a lot of music packed into it. If you're already hooked on Reinhardt and Grappelli and are ready for a boxed set, JSP's 5-CD set (The Classic Early Recordings in Chronological Order) and 4-CD set (Paris and London) are both excellent. No matter how much you listen to this music, it seems almost impossible to get tired of it."
Django & Stephane: Two artists at their best!
Paulo Leite | Lisbon, Portugal | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are all the guitar players on one side. On the other, you have DJANGO REINHARDT...This is a great opportunity to discover the true genious of these two musicians who made a legend out of their names. These recordings were made during the golden years of Django's quintet. Django Reinhardt was the greatest guitar player in the world. There was no other greater before or after him.. He could do with his guitar things no one could. He had a style, ...a kind of sophisticated gypsyan touch, many other players (on both sides of the Atlantic) tried to imitate. Stephane's playing, like Django's, was also on a class by its own. They were both perfect for each other and their playing is subtil and sensuous.The tracks selected for this cd represent some of their best work together during those early years. Some ("Souvenirs", "Twelfth Year" and "Swing 39") were composed by the duo. They put their talents in evidence with charm and sofistication. The quintet format they adopted was the best way to simply enhance their magic. I listen to "Souvenirs" and get astounded by the sensiousness of their playing. The same happens in their version of the well known "Tea for Two" which by far surpasses many of the other versions we all know. With them, it's Tea for Two with an european flamboyance. "Lambeth Walk" is their humorous track: many will remember it was used by MTV on one of their vignettes.To me, the transfer seems fine considering the fact that the original recordings are very old (you can't try to compare these to other recordings made 15 years later when the technology available was much better - and with Django and Stephane, who would do that?). There are many Jazz albums and there is this Reinhardt & Grappelly album."