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Django album with clarinet

PVEPVE New
edited December 2005 in CD, DVD, and Concert Reviews Posts: 3
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.
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  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,752
    I wonder if these are some of the same tracks:
    http://tinyurl.com/7d2w7

    If so, the clarinettist is Hubert Rostaing. You can find him on plenty of other tracks; here's an inexpensive box set:
    http://tinyurl.com/cc75p
    or maybe it was Andre Ekyan?:
    http://tinyurl.com/9sxf9
    Or you can just replace the record:
    http://tinyurl.com/8t3ab

    Best,
    Jack.
  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,752
    By the way, I don't think I've heard of Swing 40, yet all the album information online lists it that way. Is this a typo of some sort on the original, or maybe a 'stand-in' name for another tune? And in case you're not Hans, someone else is looking for the same info, so you might keep an eye peeled here:
    http://ml.islandnet.com/pipermail/dixie ... 12993.html

    Best,
    Jack.
  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,257
    Jack wrote:
    By the way, I don't think I've heard of Swing 40, yet all the album information online lists it that way.
    No such tune composed or played by Django.
  • PVEPVE New
    Posts: 3
    Thank you for your replies. I am holding the LP in hand and it definately says "Swing 40" - but then again, the album is on an ASTOR series called archives of folk music, so I gather they did not really know what they had on hands. thank you again for your interest.
  • KcoxKcox Montreal, QCNew
    Posts: 110
    Did he ever record with Maurice Meunier, or just tour?
  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,257
    Kcox wrote:
    Did he ever record with Maurice Meunier, or just tour?
    Several 1947 "Surprise Party" radio sessions (Fremeaux Vol 14)
  • bertonebertone Morristown, NJNew
    Posts: 46
    I have this record too - bought it as a teenager back in the 70s as a cheap way to check out this Django Reinhardt guy. Ironically, at the time I was so put off by his electric sound that the LP was filed and forgotten, and didn't buy any new Django stuff until the first JSP box just a few years ago .. oh well, as Grandma used to say, "too soon old, too late schmart".

    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.
  • nwilkinsnwilkins New
    Posts: 431
    Mano is a song based on similar chord changes to Tiger Rag/Django's Tiger
  • BarengeroBarengero Auda CityProdigy
    edited December 2005 Posts: 527
    see below
  • BarengeroBarengero Auda CityProdigy
    Posts: 527
    nwilkins wrote:
    Mano is a song based on similar chord changes to Tiger Rag/Django's Tiger

    "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.

    Best,
    Barengero

    P.S.: Here is a link:
    http://www.rosevalley.de/infos/rvr004.htm
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