2 excellent Django Reinhardt albums – including his 1953 swan song
Great Artistry Of Django Reinhardt LP – plus his great compilation of early work titled Django's Guitar – back to back on a single CD! Great Artistry. . .was famously recorded just a couple of months before Django's death, and it's a fascinating album in that it finds him in more of a stoic, yet beautiful bop setting. It's a departure from the frenetic gypsy jazz that made him famous, but it's an excellent album that is still instantly identifiable as the work of Reinhardt. We'll leave the question to the experts of whether the sort of elegiac tone is a result of his impending departure from our world, but, it's a wonderful listen! There's really no telling how much more varied his work might have become if he lived later into the decade. Tracks include "Night And Day", "Blues For Ike", "Nuages", "Brazil", "September Song
", "Manoir De Mes Reves" and more. Django's Guitar is a nice collection of early recordings by the guitar legend – recorded in the late 30s and early 40s, in unique small settings. Django's accompanied by either bass, piano, another guitar or some small grouping of them for 9 numbers in all, including "You Rascal You", "Improvisation No 3", "Blues Clair", "Tea For Two", "Bouncin' Around", 'Sweet Georgia Brown", "Naguine", 'I'll See You In My Dreams", and 'Echoes Of Spain".