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Verve Jazz Masters 38

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000046O9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bill on October 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although Django recorded well over 500 tracks in his 20 year career, this release is a pretty good overview even though it ignores the first few years of his career. Aside from the stunning, at times almost unbearable, beauty standard on any Django release, this album has some rare tracks, including Vous Et Moi, which features Django on VIOLIN. This track alone makes this CD a must and is extremely rare. Django's solo on Love's Melody is an example of one of those pieces of auditory magic which compels the listener to rewind over and over again in blissful disbelief. Furthermore, the last three tracks offer a rare glimpse into Django's experimentation with the electric guitar and bebop. But be warned: if you buy this, you will very likely become obsessed with finding more of this genius' work and may neglect the other music in your library for a while.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 24, 2001
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This is an excellent sampling of recordings by Django Reinhardt. The tracks vary quite a bit in sound quality since they were taken from various sessions between 1938 and 1953 and also due to the quality of the sources. Nuages is the first track probably only because it's one of the most famous Django tunes, but the quality of the audio is not as good as many other tracks (so don't be put off by it). Even if the original sound engineers were not capturing the full tone of Django's guitar, you can hear all the notes he played! To say this man was a pioneer in jazz guitar seems an understatement. His playing is at times lightning quick, and yet always very lyrical and moving. But not only do you get Django, you also get Stephane Grappelli on most songs. Grappelli's violin adds much depth to these tunes, he is an astonishing player in his own right. This collection showcases the interplay between Reinhardt and Grappelli very nicely. As if that weren't enough, tracks 14 and 15 feature Hubert Rostaing on clarinet and add still more depth to an excellent CD. The booklet includes the personnel and recording dates for every track and some nice "liner notes".
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cmurphy@lambesis.com on October 28, 1998
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I first heard django reinhardt as the soundtrack to a beautiful and unusual movie by comic book artist David Keen called "The Week Before" and was obsessed with finding this artist's recordings. The ethereal guitar and angelic but jazzy stylings are haunting and sad yet euphoric--its like hearing the Cocteau Twins for the first time, filtered through a time machine. I am going to be a lifelong fan and have started collecting all his recordings. I just want to dump all my "new swing" CDs in the trash now. . . .
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By Tom on August 31, 2001
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Wow. I am stunned. I am listening to this album as I speak and I feel as if I have been sheltered all my life. How many artists has this guy influenced? I can hear shades of groups as diverse as the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tones on Tale and even the Rolling Stones. Ray Bryant was so moved by Django he named a song after him.
While this particular album hops around a bit, it all blends nicely together. The older tracks are nicely mastered, and hey...who doesn't appreciated the crackle of a little static?
If I was going to go out on a limb, I would suggest that Django was way ahead of his time. Listening to the interplay of melody and rythm, I'd say this guy was 15 years early, and could easily have played a role in the birth of modern jazz...though I guess he really did anyway.
So. Jazz guitar. This is where it all started. I guess it could be argued that some of the ragtime guitarists paved the road here, but I don't see it.
This is a fun and historically significant collection that will probably get a lot of play time.
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First, a friend recently bought a Braque Francais (a breed of French Bird Dog) and named it Django which I thought was stupid, thinking that he had named the poor pup after the central character in a fairly obscure western movie. I was corrected and was told that the pup was named after Django Reinhardt, the great French guitarist. Second, About that time, the CD "Django and Jimmie" came out so, not knowing anything about Django Reinhardt, my curiosity was piqued and I bought Willie's and Merle's CD AND two Django Reinhardt CDs.. Willie's and Merle's offering is wildly enjoyable in a really good brown whisky sort of way while Django Reinhardt's is more like absinithe.
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By Gearfleer on November 2, 2012
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A great collection. Buy it as much for Stephane Grappelli as for Django. I gave it as a gift to a friend's son, who is studying guitar. Clapton, Jeff Beck and Chet Atkins are great, but Django is something else that the kid may not hear otherwise. And who knows ... maybe he'll discover jazz, too ? Start with the best.
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