February 20, 2006

Ooooooh, shiny!

A movie of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France [12 mb QuickTime file], with Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli!

The tune they're playing is called J'Attenndrai [I Will Wait], and it was recorded in the Netherlands in 1937.

Le jazz hot!

Stéphane Grappelli [left] and Django Rheinhardt [front center].

A newsreel-style announcer introduces the band as they lounge around a room, smoking and playing cards while a young Django and Stéphane Grappelli lightly jam.... You can get a good view of Django's fret hand, which was missing two fingers from a fire he suffered when he was eighteen. Despite losing two fingers, Django went on to be one of the main innovators of using the guitar as a melody instrument, along with Charlie Christian, Lonnie Johnson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

This magpie had never seen film of Reinhardt playing before, which isn't surprising as he died in the early 1950s, well before the advent of easily available home movie cameras and [later] video equipment made movies of musicians far more common. Reinhardt's guitar playing is even more amazing when you can actually see him doing more with two fingers on the frets than most players can do with four.

From Djangobooks, via WFMU's Beware of the Blog.

Posted by Magpie at February 20, 2006 11:00 AM | Shiny Things | Technorati links |