With His American Friends
With His American Friends by Drg at Tony Reedus. MPN: 1666155. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. The Belgian-born Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was the first great jazz musician to develop outside America, his staggering talent initially
Most famous of the recordings here are likely those with Hawkins and Benny Carter. Hawkins spent several years in Europe and "Stardust" and "Crazy Rhythm" are important moments in the saxophonist's recordings. Even when Reinhardt is restricted to rhythm guitar, it's fascinating to hear the shift in the rhythmic structures of these pieces, his accents and sense of the beat being part of an original conception. The guitarist is heard to better effect, though, in groups with trombonist Dicky Wells and trumpeter Bill Coleman, particularly in the quintet that plays "Hangin' Around Boudon." Reinhardt also solos marvelously in a series of quartet recordings from 1939 with Ellingtonians, trumpeter Stewart and clarinetist Barney Bigard. These are first-rate American swing records with a difference, and the difference is Reinhardt's virtuosic fusion of American and European elements.
Striking, too, are Reinhardt's very different recordings with the harmonica player Larry Adler and violinist Eddie South. The tracks with Adler, including "Body and Soul," are particularly strange, with Adler's harmonica added to the already unusual violin, three guitars, and bass lineup of the Hot Club of France. South is heard in duet with Reinhardt on "Eddie's Blues" and also in two- and three-violin configurations with Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club. An interpretation of Bach by South, Grappelli, and Reinhardt is a highly successful exercise in Baroque swing.
There are lost Americans here as well, musicians who never established significant reputations at home. Arthur Briggs's glorious lead trumpet sound adds a distinctive touch to both a Hawkins session and his own, while Freddy Taylor's voice lends an absolutely American accent to the Hot Club quintet's recordings of Stuff Smith's "I'se a Muggin'." The final tracks are 1945 big-band versions of four Reinhardt compositions. He's backed by His American Swing Band, otherwise known as the Air Transport Command Band, and it's a fitting conclusion to a fascinating collection. --Stuart Broomer
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