MUSETTE TO MAESTRO 1928 -1937 (5CD set)
Louis Vola Orchestra, Theatre Daunou Orchestra, Orchestre Musette De La Boite A Matelots, Andre Eykan Orchestra, Michel Warlop Orchestra, Elaine De Creus, Alan Romans Du Poste Parisien & Son, Patrick & Son Orchestre, Nitta Rette Orchestra, Michael Emer Orchestra, Nane Cholet with Stephane Grapelli Ensemble.
This 5CD sets starts right at the beginning of Django's career when he was starting out with basic French musette and follows his incredible development into a true genius of energised gipsy jazz guitar who left the world floundering in his dust.
The earliest sides from 1928 feature the 18 year old Django as a backing musician playing banjo on French love songs and music hall favourites but by the 1930s, things had changed and Django had discovered the dance halls where sophisticated and slick musicians played this new stuff called jazz and when he sat in with them, he was a natural! His time with Michel Warlop's bands and the Andre Eykan Orchestra gave him opportunities to work with top musicians of the time and vocalists like Jean Sablon, as well as the great good fortune to meet his future partner - Stephane Grapelli.
In 1934 the two musicians formed The Hot Club but for the next three years, they were also all over the recording scene in Paris working on sessions with Coleman Hawkins, Dicky Wells, Jean Tranchant, Benny Carter, Louis Vola and Emile Stern and it's these recordings that round off this box of 118 rare and exotic recordings. As a special bonus, CD E also contains the recently discovered short film ‘Le Jazz Hot' featuring The Hot Club in session with great views of Django's technique.
No other label has done more than JSP in collecting together all of Django Reihardt's recordings and making them available with impeccable sound quality. Get this and then check out the rest of Django's musical legacy on the other JSP releases you'll find listed on our website and catalogue.
Review Date: October 2010