The most loved record album in my collection (in fact, the only one left) is an ASTOR record - GGS877 " Django Reinhardt". What makes it so valuable is that it features an unknown clarinetist instead of Stephan Grapelli and is the most beautiful collection of Django music I own. It features 12 songs -September Song, Gypsy Swing, Mano, Melodie au crepescule, swing guitar, Manoir de mes Reves, Folie a Amphion, Swing de Paris, Nuages, Swing 40 and Gypsy with a Song.
This is remarkable music - I am wondering who the clarinet player is and whether this collection or any other music by this particular group exists? I also would love to know if CD versions exist as my old record is almost beyond playing. Any information appreciated.
If so, the clarinettist is Hubert Rostaing. You can find him on plenty of other tracks; here's an inexpensive box set:
or maybe it was Andre Ekyan?:
Or you can just replace the record:
http://ml.islandnet.com/pipermail/dixie ... 12993.html
Anyway the track listing is quite screwed up: "Swing 40" is in fact "Swing 41", what they call "Gypsy with a Song" is "Blues Clair", "Fantasie" is "Blues en mineur" and there may be more (is "Mano" a slow blues? It is on this record.) Hope this helps.
"Mano" is a tune that Django dedicated to Mano Rena when she was a young woman. She was born in 1919 in southern france, so she is 86 years old now, but as far as I know she is still swinging and playing guitar in her own Jazz Club "La Guitarra" in Palafrugell (at the Costa Brava/Spain). She was the wife of the Jazz pianist and Singer Jimmy Rena since 1939. Together with his husband she organized the first Jazz Festivals in Nice after the war. In 2001 she made her debut CD with her "Mano Rena Trio". The CD is called "When you´re smiling" (Rose Valley Records). Her guitar playing is very harsh, unique, full of humour.
P.S.: Here is a link: