SWING DE PARIS compiles Django Reinhardt's sessions with the Quintette du Hot Club de France, Coleman Hawkins' All Star Jam Band, Bill Coleman And His Orchestra, The Glenn Miller All Stars, as well as his work with Stephane Grappelli, both with and without his Quintette.
Contains 103 tracks.
Recorded between 1934 and 1952.
Personnel: Django Reinhardt (guitar); Bill Coleman (vocals, trumpet); Freddy Taylor , Louis Vola (vocals); Jack Llewelyn, Jean Ferret, Louis Gast‚, Joseph Reinhardt, Eugene Vees, Marcel Bianchi, Roger Chaput (guitar); Jack Demany (violin, tenor saxophone); Eddie South, Swetschin, P Bartel, Michel Warlop, St‚phane Grappelli (violin); Maurice Cizeron (flute); Louis Billen, Jo Magis, Christian Wagner , Michel de Villers (clarinet, alto saxophone); Arthur Saguet (clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Frank "Big Boy" Goudie (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Barney Bigard (clarinet, drums); Andre Lluis, Hubert Rostaing, Gerard Leveque (clarinet); Benny Pauwels, Hubert Fol, Bobby Naret, Fletcher Allen, Andre Ekyan, Benny Carter (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Jean-Claude Forenbach, Guy Plum, Fud Candrix, Bertie King, Alix Combelle, Peanuts Hucko (tenor saxophone); Alphonse Cox, George Clais, Lucien Devroye, Janot Morales, Gus Deloof, Bernard Hullin, Raymond Chantrain, Andr‚ Cornille, Maurice Giegas, Jo Boyer, Pierre Allier, Philippe Brun, Roger Guerin , Arthur Briggs, Bernie Privin (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Guy Paquinet, Dicky Wells, Andr‚ Lafosse , Eugene D. Hellemes, Nic Frerar, Jean Damm, Sus Vancamp, Lou Melon, Josse Breyere (trombone); Ivon de Bie, John Ouwerx, Emil Stern, Raymond Fol, Mel Powell, Eddie Bernard (piano); Pierre Lemarchand , Al Craig, Jos Aerts, Robert Montmarche, Gaston Leonard, Jerry Mengo, Ray McKinley, Tommy Benford, Bill Beason, Andr‚ Jourdan, Pierre Fouad (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joop Visser.
Recording information: Paris, France (09/??/1934-01/30/1952).
Arrangers: Django Reinhardt; Benny Carter ; Gerard Leveque.
Released in 2003, this four-disc box set presents many of the finest recordings by the Belgian-born performer Django Reinhardt, considered by many to be the greatest jazz guitarist of all time. Drawing from sessions cut between 1934 and '52, the compilation features Reinhardt playing with his lauded pre-WWII ensemble, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which included his brother, Joseph, and, most notably, violin virtuoso Stephane Grappelli. While the deft, nearly telepathic interplay between Reinhardt and Grappelli is the collection's main attraction, SWING DE PARIS also finds the innovative and amazingly agile six-stringer sitting in with American jazz luminaries such as saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and bandleader Glenn Miller. Although the anthology faces stiff competition from other Reinhardt compilations, SWING DE PARIS stands out with its sheer number of tracks (103) and its wide range of material.