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March 01, 2009


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Larry Kart

You don't like Django? Try these:

Low Cotton/Django's Djump (with Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard, and bassists Bill Taylor -- not pianist Billy Taylor, as the person who posted the clip thinks. I know the second piece under another title but can't think of it right now.)

Hangin' Around Boudon (with Bill Coleman, Dicky Wells, bassist Dick Fulbright and drummer Bill Beason)

Bugle Call Rag (with the above, plus trumpeters Shad Collins and Bill Dillard -- it's Collins who plays that proto bop lick; Dizzy, Collins, and Dillard were members of Teddy Hill's band when this was recorded in 1937):

Love Letters (Billets Doux) -- with the QHCF, 1938

Max Harrison on Django: "His best solos, with their wide range of gesture, their constantly shifting mixtures of note values, their interplay of sound and silence, of single-string and chordal ideas, of phrase-shapes and accentual displacements which cannot be anticipated, speak of his outstanding powers of invention."

Boris Natrovsky

".......rock's magical ability........."

"Rockers are kind of magicians and wizards."

Oh, brother!

Fernando Ortiz de Urbina

Hello sir!

MATHIS: His first album was reissued in 1996 by Columbia/Legacy (Sony) as CK 64890, with an extra tune ("I'm Glad There Is You", 3/19/56); this seems to be out of print. There's a more recent reissue of the original LP (, and there's yet another reissue by Fresh Sound records ( with the 12 tracks plus some others from the same year.

DJANGO Mr. Kart: I think "Django's Djump" is a/k/a "Montmartre".

Mr. Myers: Django's recordings on electric guitar (his last-per-one session, with "Blues for Ike", etc) are probably worth a try. Those were out on Verve in a double called "Pêche à la Mouche". I have a soft spot for some fiery 1947 sessions on radio (some of them are in a GNP/Crescendo CD, and on vols. 14 and 15 of the Frémeaux&Associés' "Intégrale"). Django plays these on an "electrified" guitar, an acoustic with a pick-up stuck on it with a dirty sound I quite like.



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