Set of Fremeaux’s definitive Integrale Django Reinhardt collection. Mastered by Daniel Nevers, there are 20 volumes of these, and each volume has 2 CDs – 40 CDs total. Each volume also comes with a fairly thick booklet with discography and notes. And the booklets and inserts have very nice B&W pictures of Django. Une réédition d’exception ! Depuis quelques années maintenant, les éditions Frémeaux ont entrepris la publication d’une intégrale des enregistrements de Django Reinhardt.
The great Argentinian guitarist Oscar Alem n, (1909-1980) is not as well known as Django Reinhardt or Charlie Christian, but he was no less an individual stylist. This wonderful set from Fremeaux & Associes offers proof that even later in life, his powers as an improviser, technician, and bandleader were undiminished. These 19 cuts were taken from two sources: a live date in 1965 with his big band Y Los Cinco Caballeros, and a studio session. The live gig, which comprises the first 11 selections, may be titled in Spanish but is mostly made up of jazz standards radically rearranged and played in Alem n's inimitable, hard swinging, intensely rhythmic style. Check out opener "Guitarra Salvage" ("Crazy Rhythm" ) and the stellar strut of "Murmullo de Pajaros" ("Lullaby of Birdland" ) for starters.
This album was born from a meeting. One comes from jazz, the other from musette. One is the great reviver of Manouche jazz, heir to Django, the other, accordion world champion, heir to Jo Privat. Both are fine melodists and have written and composed hundreds of songs. This is the first time that Romane and Éric Bouvelle are on record. The result is 12 thundering tracks, in the pure tradition of the swing waltzes of Paris of the past: the strings rub, the accordion blows, the jazz and the java are there and tangle! They are accompanied by Mathieu Chatelain and Laurent Zeller and Laurent Delaveau (Les Pommes de ma douche). They manage to bring this sophisticated popular heritage to life by reinterpreting the great standards by offering new tunes!
The music Manu Dibango is known for its alchemy of Jazz, African and Jamaican music, Gospel and R&B. His unique style was the forerunner of what we now call world music. Dibango is perhaps best remembered for his 1972 afrobeat single Soul Makossa, often considered the first disco record. This new best-of collection from Frémeaux features twelve tracks released between 1978 and 1989, including the 1978 Kingston remix of Reggae Makossa. Guest artists include Michael and Randy Brecker, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.