180 gram vinyl LP in Gatefold packaging
The music on this album is among the last recorded by the great Django Reinhardt. Soon after he cut these sessions, he unexpectedly died on May 16, 1953, at the age of 43. The quartet date was made by the French company Blue Star, but produced from the other side of the ocean by Norman Granz, who issued it in the United States on his Clef label. It was planned to be the start of an intense collaboration between Django and Granz which, unfortunately, would never come to be.
The quartet format with the presence of a piano (as opposed to the all-string Quintet of the Hot Club of France which was the guitarist’s most common setting), as well as Django’s use of an electrically amplified guitar, give these last sessions a more intimate and modern sound. The Decca quintet date presented here as a bonus, which also finds Django on electric guitar, is the only existing date pairing the guitarist with celebrated French pianist Martial Solal. It would also be Django’s last recording session ever.
DJANGO REINHARDT, electric guitar
MAURICE VANDER, piano
PIERRE MICHELOT, bass
JEAN-LOUIS VIALE, drums
Paris, France, March 10-11, 1953.
(*) Bonus tracks:
Django Reinhardt (electric guitar), Fats Sadi (vibes), Martial Solal (piano),
Pierre Michelot (bass), Pierre Lemarchand (drums).
Paris, France, April 8, 1953.
Original session issued on Decca singles.
01 NIGHT AND DAY
02 BLUES FOR IKE
05 LE SOIR (*)
06 CHEZ MOI (*)
02 SEPTEMBER SONG
03 CONFESSIN’ (THAT I LOVE YOU)
04 MANOIR DE MES RÊVES
05 I COVER THE WATERFRONT (*)
06 DECCAPHONIE (*)