1933-1943: Django Reinhardt and the Singers

1933-1943: Django Reinhardt and the Singers

by Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt


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Although its overall time frame encompasses nearly a decade, Django Reinhardt and the Singers mainly illuminates the young guitarist's collaborations with nine different pop vocalists during the years 1933-1935. Most importantly it focuses upon Django's interactions with Jean Sablon (1906-1994), a singing movie star who hung out with Jean Cocteau, appeared with showy chanteuse Mistinguett, and gave Reinhardt his first big break by setting him up with a cabaret booking in 1933. Sablon, whose charming delivery places him in league with Al Bowlly, Charles Trenet, Bing Crosby, and Maurice Chevalier, utterly dominates this compilation. On the first two tracks, he is heard with Eliane de Creus backed by the Orchestre du Theatre Daunou, a quintet directed by Jef de Murel. Other ensembles in this set were led by saxophonist Andre Ekyan, violinist Michel Warlop, and bassist Louis Vola; listen also for the violin of Stéphane Grappelli. Reinhardt's supportive accompaniments are exquisite as ever, with pianist Garland Wilson joining him behind Sablon on "Continental" and "Un Baiser." The seven remaining vocalists round out the program splendidly. Motion picture actress Germaine Sablon performs solo and in duet with her brother Jean, Pierre Lord handles "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and Le Petit Mirsha (who always sounded a bit like Minnie Mouse) chirps "Petit Homme, C'est L'heure de Faire Dodo." "Vivre Pour Toi" is sung by André Pasdoc and there are two brief airs sung in English by one Bruce Boyce. The last two tracks ease into the '40s with vocals by Charles Trenét and Nelly Kay. This collection compares and contrasts nicely with the Naxos Jazz Legends release Django Reinhardt with Vocals: Classic Recordings 1933-1941, and with the first two volumes of the Integrale Django Reinhardt as presented by Fremeaux and Associes.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917902723
catalogNumber: 79027
Rank: 145445


  1. Parce Que Je Vous Aime
  2. Si J'Aime Suzy
  3. Le Même Coup
  4. Je Suis Sex-Appeal
  5. Le Jour Où Je Te Vis
  6. Prenez Garde au Grand Méchand Loup
  7. Ici l'On Pêche
  8. La Chanson du Large
  9. Je Sais Que Vous Ête Jolie
  10. Par Correspondance
  11. La Dernière Bergère
  12. Continental
  13. Un Baiser
  14. Petit Homme, C'est l'Heure de Faire Dodo
  15. Fumée aux Yeux
  16. Un Amour Comme le Norte
  17. La Petite Île
  18. Vivre Pour Toi
  19. Run, Mary, Run
  20. Oh, Didn't It Rain
  21. Cette Chanson Est Pour Vous (Life Is a Song)
  22. Rendez-Vous Sous la Pluie
  23. La Cigale et la Fourmi
  24. Mélodie au Crépuscule

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Stéphane Grappelli   Piano,Violin
Jean Sablon   Track Performer
Alix Combelle   Clarinet,Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Allier   Trumpet
Max Blanc   Alto Saxophone
Alex Caturegli   Trumpet
Maurice Chailou   Drums,Vibes
Noel Chiboust   Trumpet
Maurice Cizeron   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Andre Ekyan   Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone
Roger Grasset   Bass Saxophone
Charles Lisee   Alto Saxophone,Baritone
Alex Renard   Trumpet
Tony Rovira   Bass Saxophone
Jean Storne   Bass Saxophone
Eugene Vees   Guitar
Louis Vola   Accordion,Leader,Bass Saxophone
Michel Warlop   Violin,Leader,Vocals
Eugene d'Hellemmes   Trombone
Garland Wilson   Piano
Maurice Gladieu   Trombone
Charles Hary   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Mavounzy   Alto Saxophone
Robert Merchez   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Reinhardt   Guitar
Max Elloy   Drums
Maurice Moufflard   Trumpet
Alain Romans   Piano
Alec Siniavine   Piano
Michel Emer   Piano,Cello,Vocals
Léo Chauliac   Piano
Amedee Charles   Alto Saxophone
Andre Lluis   Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Rémy   Trombone

Technical Credits

Chris Ellis   Producer
Michel Warlop   Arranger
Tony Baldwin   Liner Notes
Ted Kendall   Producer,Original Material
Gaston Lapeyronnie   Contributor
J. Bastia   Composer

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