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Tiger Rag I Saw Stars Confessin' Clair De Lune Lentement Mademoiselle Melodie Au Crepuscule Blues Riff Improvisation on Tiger Rag Honeysuckle Rose Improvisation Nuages I Can't Give You Anything But Love
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Joseph Reinhardt, Juan Fernandez, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington|
Customer Reviews (3)
- Masterful!Review by Big Toots
The Versatile Giant delivers 12 fascinating recordings of Reinhardt in diverse ensemble environments, both small and large. Covering a period across 17 years, Reinhardt’s awesome technical skill – which influenced artists such as Charlie Christian (and decades later even rocker Jerry Garcia!) - is evident immediately (“Tiger Rag,” I’m Confessin’). Reinhardt, swinging in a manner that resonates through jazz guitar history to this day creates extended electrified virtuoso lines playing with the Ellington band on “Blues Riff,” “Improvisation on Tiger Rag,” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” “Improvisation” features Django solo and he shines as he moves through the piece with unique chordal stylings that will later appear obvious in Les Paul’s efforts. The classic Reinhardt original “Nuages,” performed here with trumpet, alto sax and rhythm is a textural hit. Reinhardt goes “Hot” again with the final cut (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”) with light-speed hand work.
Django, (whose birth name was Jean), in Romani translates as “I awake.” What a fascinating and appropriate name for a Masterful artist who embraced his gypsy roots, overcame tragic circumstances, and performed brilliantly throughout his career, thus awakening musical joy in all of us. That joy happens a dozen times on this glorious effort.
(Posted on 5/2/2015)
- Django ReinhardtReview by Simon Sez
The Versatile Giant is a really fun album because it has rare performances covering practically Django Reinhardt’s entire recording career. The other great European jazz musician of the time, violinist Stephane Grappelli, helps out on some of the numbers from the 1930s, there are a few performances from a 1940s concert with Duke Ellington and even some bebop with Django on electric guitar from 1951. Electric guitar? Who knows, maybe Django would have invented rock and roll if he had lived a little longer!
Simon Sez: Django Reinhardt on The Versatile Giant (IC7004) plays exciting music covering an 18-year period. Lots of rare stuff, get it!
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by ~ Scott Yanow
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