Compilation of 18 songs selected from the best of the work of jazz guitarist Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (Belgium, 1910-1953). Django was the first jazz musician with European roots who served with his music and his guitar a certain influence similar to that of the great American artists. His music fused jazz swing and traditional gypsy music from Eastern Europe, creating what became known as 'gypsy jazz' or 'gipsy swing', which in French is called 'jazz manouche'. Their sound was often romantic and cheerful if not very flexible. Its influence on the swing and the country was very important.
Hot Club of Saratoga plays high energy gypsy swing in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move. With one exception the tunes on this album were either written by, or recorded by, Django Reinhardt at some time in his musical life. Django is most closely associated with The Quintet of the Hot Club of France and with Stephane Grappelli on violin providing the other solo texture in the music. However, Django and Stephane were separated during WWII, finding Django in Paris and Stephane in England. During this time, Django was most often recorded with a clarinetist in place of Grappelli and his violin. After the war he recorded in various configurations including at different times…
Art of Swing album by Django Reinhardt was released Aug 09, 2011 on the Universal Music Classics & Jazz label. Art of Swing CD music contains a single disc with 18 tracks with original recordings 1935 - 1947, digitally remastered 2011.
Julian Bream was born in London and brought up in a musical environment. His father played jazz guitar and the young Bream was impressed by hearing the playing of Django Reinhardt.
Bream began his lifelong association with the guitar by strumming along on a small gut-string Spanish guitar at a very young age to dance music on the radio. The president of the Philharmonic Society of Guitars, Dr Boris Perott, gave Bream lessons, while Bream's father became the society librarian, giving Bream access to a large collection of rare music.