Editors’ Notes France became the first European nation to put its stamp on jazz thanks to a single musician: French-Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt. He was forced to reinvent his playing technique after losing the use of his ring finger and pinkie in a fire at age 18, and was obsessed with the American guitar-and-violin duo of Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti. In the ‘30s he fashioned a briskly swinging approach that melded the popular French musette waltz with Romani chromaticism, changing the role of his instrument in jazz. Reinhardt's recordings with violinist Stéphane Grappelli under the moniker Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring two rhythmically driving guitars behind the lead, defined an ebullient style that endures to this day. Subsequent adherents have deployed the Hot Club name and format, remaining true to the sound, while some practitioners like the Hot Club of Detroit and Latcho Drom have opened things up with new global accents.

SONG
ALBUM
Caravan
3:16
 
Russian Lullaby
2:56
 
2:51
 
Song d'Automne
4:56
 
Night and Day
6:38
 
Swingin' for Stéphane
5:01
 
2:47
 
Valse a Rosenthal
2:46
 
Swing News
3:22
 
Le Vieux Tzigane
3:24
 
Django's Tiger
2:42
 
Lullaby of Birdland
2:57
 
Honeysuckle Rose (Live November 10th, 1946)
3:43
 
Je cherche après Titine
1:54
 
Chasin' the Gypsy
4:02
 
4:58
 
2:37
 
La tireuse
3:29
 
4:05
 
3:06
 
Samois sur Seine
5:45
 
Balkanic Dance
4:06
 
La Bikina
3:27
 
Si tu savais
3:38
 
Bernard's Bounce
3:24
 
Sugar Plum Blues
3:32
 
Swingtime In Springtime
3:18
 
3:06
 
La Foule
2:58
 
Bei Dir War Es Immer So Schön
3:36
 
Sweet Georgia Brown
3:12
 
Begin The Beguine (feat. Hady Mouallem & Simon Planting)
3:18
 
Gin Gin
3:08
 
La Verdine
2:59
 
3:34
 
Valse de Bamboula
2:46
 
Swing Guitars (with Philip Catherine, Larry Coryell & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
4:01
 
Pêche À La Mouche
2:34
 
Songe d'automne
3:58
 
Black & White
3:27
 
Tschawolo Swing
3:52
 
Peppology (feat. Dorado Schmitt & Angelo Debarre)
3:26
 
Mélodie au crepuscule
3:51
 
2:43
 
3:39
 
Morning Glory
3:50
 
4:42
 

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