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Tracklist

Mitwirkende

Komponist: --
Künstler: Django Reinhardt
Komponist: Various
Label: Naxos Jazz

Rezension

Sandwiched chronologically between Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Vol. 3 of Naxos' ongoing Django Reinhardt reissue series settles into a period where the Quintette du Hot Club de France was recording for HMV (the previous two volumes dealt with Decca and Ultraphone issues). The collection catches guitarist Django, violinist Stephane Grappelli, and their sidekicks Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre Faret, or Marcel Bianchi on rhythm guitars and Louis Vola or Lucien Simoens on bass in absolutely prime form; there's not a bum track in the satchel. Every selection is bursting with solo and harmonic creativity, and whether at slow, middle, or fast tempos, everything swings, madly at times. Particularly worth shouting about is Django's two-chorus burst on "You're Driving Me Crazy" -- just a thing of swinging wonder, with a wild upward strummed glissando to close -- and he comes back during Grappelli's solo with even harder, driving rhythm. American singer Freddy Taylor appears on five tracks; his vocals on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Georgia on My Mind" are drenched in Satchmo's scat style, while the latter offers some unexpected key modulations at the close. As before, David Lemmick's excellent transfers preserve much of the warmth and bass of the original pressings, along with some of the surface noise -- which other reissues have filtered out -- and here, for the first time in this series, Naxos does listeners a big favor by presenting the sessions in proper chronological order. If you're starting a Hot Club Quintette library, you could easily begin with this low-price sample from the heart of their heyday. ~ Richard S. Ginell