The thump-thump four-square rhythm of The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France (snappy band name!) dissuades many from enjoying Django Reinhardt - and Stéphane Grappelli - as much as they might. It hasn't dated well, like a lot of music from the thirties and earlier. Today's Cornucopia Of Sound© offers two opportunities to hear him outside that familiar setting.
In Solitaire is a collection ("complete"?) of his solo playing in the studio - warm-ups, interludes, rehearsals, and even, if the applause is anything to go by, a live concert performance. There's a beautiful, relaxed classicism to his playing, which would be breathtaking coming from a man with a full count of fingers. Check out the Djenius clip posted earlier to see how he managed with that crippled fretboard hand. You still won't believe it.
Nuits de Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a collection of sessions from '51-'53. If you don't like jazz, this won't change your mind, but it features the great man near the end of his life, plugged in to electricity and the contemporary jazz scene like he was born for it. Thirty-seven glorious minutes of it.
A couple of albums never recorded as albums, each with its own very different mood, and each a treasure.