First Recordings [2]

First Recordings [2]

by Django Reinhardt

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Overview

The dozen recordings on this CD (a straight reissue of an earlier Prestige LP) are not Django Reinhardt's very first recordings, nor are these all of the early selections by the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Actually included are 11 of the classic string group's first 20 numbers, plus a version of "The Sheik of Araby" from a date led by Alix Combelle (doubling on clarinet and tenor). But although this CD is not for completists, there are many memorable and highly enjoyable performances. Guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli (backed by two rhythm guitars and bassist Louis Vola) made for a perfect team from the start, as can be heard on such numbers as "Tiger Rag," "Dinah" "Avalon" and even "Swanee River." A four-piece brass section (including trumpeter soloist Arthur Briggs) joins the quintet on "Avalon" and "Smoke Rings." An excellent introduction to early Reinhardt and Grappelli.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/1997
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218189521
catalogNumber: 1895

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Piano,Violin
Alix Combelle   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Allier   Trumpet
Arthur Briggs   Trumpet
Roger Chaput   Rhythm Guitar
Pierre Ferret   Rhythm Guitar
Louis Vola   Bass
Eugene d'Hellemmes   Trombone
Joseph Reinhardt   Rhythm Guitar
Alphonse Cox   Trumpet
Arthur Griggs   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Django Reinhardt   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Alix Combelle   Contributor
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Don Schlitten   Reissue Producer
Larry Shields   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Gene Gifford   Composer
Martin Williams   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
H. E. Gifford   Composer

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