The Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was self-taught, never learned to read or write music, and after a serious accident, had the use of only three fingers on his left hand -- none of which prevented him from becoming one of the most technically astounding and extraordinarily gifted musicians in jazz history. NUAGES -- named for one of Reinhardt most ravishing original compositions -- provides plenty of first-rate examples of Reinhardt's instrumental prowess. There are choice recordings of his exhilarating partnership with violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Hot Club of France ensembles ("Limehouse Blues," "Swing Guitars," "Nagasaki") and four collaborations with visiting American jazz luminaries, including trombonist Dicky Wells, trumpeter Bill Coleman, multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter, and tenor saxophone giant Coleman Hawkins, who turns in a breathtaking solo on "Out of Nowhere." No matter the company, the attention rarely slips too far from Reinhardt. Playing an unamplified acoustic guitar, he brings powerful electricity to his every note.