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Djangology Original recording remastered

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In 1949, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli reunited for a brief tour of Italy. While they were there they recorded about 50 tunes with an Italian rhythm section, and although they didn't know it at the time, these sessions marked the last time the Gypsy guitarist and the French violinist recorded together. This CD collects 23 of the best tracks from those final sessions, including versions of Hot Club standards like "Minor Swing," "Bricktop," and "Swing 42." Reinhardt and Grappelli don't try to recreate the raucous swing of their earlier collaborations, opting instead for an intriguing blend of romantic, almost classical melodic soloing and bebop-tinged harmonies and rhythms. The attempt doesn't always succeed, primarily because the three musicians on drums, bass, and piano are clearly out of their depth. But when the two masters click, as they do on "I Got Rhythm," they demonstrate an eagerness to explore the new musical possibilities offered by postwar jazz. Sadly Reinhardt died not long after he returned from Italy, so he and Grappelli were never able to continue their musical exploration, leaving the music on Djangology as a final farewell to one of the great partnerships in jazz. --Michael Simmons
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: July 9, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B000069CPD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am a Django fan, and like most fans I have owned the 1990 BlueBird release, "Djangology 49" for some time. Like most I have always marveled at the aweful sound of this session. The poor sound quality of this release made it a very difficult session to enjoy, even for a hard-core Django addict like myself. Now all has changed.
In July 2002 Bluebird released the Rome 1949 sessions again on a CD titled, "Djangology." The two words that come to mind after listening the newly remastered sound are, "noiseless" and "balanced." Ken Robertson has so loving smoothed out the sound you will not believe its the same session as, "Djangology 49." There is practically no guitar distortion, and the new mix now allows you to hear all the instruments clearly and with an even volume level. All of the background hiss has been removed.
The improved sound allows to finally appreciate this sessions for what it is, a masterpiece.
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By Jazzcat on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Simply Django finally in a very well recorded edition. So it's something fantastic believe me. It is simply a marvellous listening experience, I searched for this record for some time and finally I have it in my hands... Oh Django! Some people are afraid of listening to Django because they have the impression that this music could be "dated", not trendy anymore. This music is brilliant and Django is forever! He was like Parker, Gillespie, Powell on their own instrument. Guitar (and even Jazz in a sense) has never been the same after Django. It is a boppish kind of session. It is still a classical Grappelli - Reinhardt cohoperation but it has been recorded in the late Django years (he died just few months after this recording) so he has already been exposed to the influence of bebop. He liked bebop (which music connossoir could dislike it?) and for a brief period he was even intimidated by bebop giants. But he was an unbelievable natural talent so in the end he started to play his own version of bebop incorporating it into his gitane music. Here you can find a lot of classic Django (Daphne, Minor swing), some very well known american standards (All the things you are, It's only a paper moon, After you've gone etc) in a small combo format. It's Django with Grappelli and few less known italian musicians who had the very lucky opportunity to play with the master. It is a sort of very appropriate introduction to Django's music, maybe together with the double Verve cd "Peche a la mouche" which I suggest too. It is sublime, very romantic but also very skyrocketing at some point. Django is unforgettable. he was really mature in his style, very in control, unbelievably virtuosistic but even melodic, as he has always been by the way ,... but here you can appreciate his talent in a very well remastered edition of some of his best music. Highly suggested!!!!!
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This CD's tracks are a good representation of the post-war Django, after he had been exposed to the emerging be-bop style and phrasing. Here, Django and extraordinary violinist Stephane Grappelli record some of their classics with three Italian jazzmen (piano, bass and brushed snare-drum), providing a somewhat different feel from the sound of his guitar-dominated 1930's Hot Club days.

For "generalist" jazz fans, this CD will give a nostalgic taste of rhythms, textures and sounds of another time - delivered by the best. For Django and Stephane's aficionados, these tracks are a gem. Django's playing is red hot yet polished, crisp and precise, and continues to amaze for the sheer richness of his inexhaustible ideas both as a soloist and an accompanist. Stephane once again proves why he was the indisputed genius of the jazz violin - never missing a beat, a quarter-tone or an opportunity to say something fresh, new and heartfelt.

The all-Italian rhythm section is in style and non-intrusive, allowing the two stars to express themselves to the fullest while providing great steady support. The occasional piano solo is delivered beautifully in a very personal style, with techniques clearly reminiscent of a strong classical background.

Sound-wise, a great effort was made to rid the old recording of white noise and hissing. I am extremely pleased with the result - Django's Selmer guitar and Stephane's magic violin come across crisp and clear.

Listen to "Minor Swing" or "I'll never be the same" if you want to get a chill up your spine. This CD helps understand why Django is, to this day, the most influential jazz guitarist who ever lived.
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Many of these tracks have very aggressive - too aggressive - noise removal. The result is more distracting than the noise would have been. Notes seem to emerge from a tissue box, without much attack.
Of course Django is always great and look how many great but obscure tracks you get. Worth the money, but unbelievably uneven sound.
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If you're into Django Reinhardt, look no further! I'm just starting to peel back the layers and this generously-priced collection has ALOT to offer. I got mine the other day and am still working my way through the 10 hours or so Django. I initially feared that the price reflected the quality of the recordings but that simply isn't the case. Every song sounds superb! And, needless to say, Django shines!
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