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DJANGO REINHARDT – 1938 (London Debut And Paris Sessions)
While 1937 came to a close on the notes of the virtuoso
Tea For Two, 1938 began with the first appearance of the Quintette du Hot Club de France in England, an even greater sell-out event than Duke Ellington. The London recording sessions for Decca took place a few days after that event. Django played his own compositions, some jazz hits, and accompanied solos, the sound being now improved and more mature. The British episode was short but intense, and three more titles were recorded later, in August. In-between Django also recorded three sides with Benny Carter, who had widely played around Europe beginning in 1935. Before Carter left Paris for Harlem at the end of 1938, a recording session was arranged with Django on guitar, and not surprisingly, one of the tunes,
I m Coming Virginia, was a success.
Track listing – Side A
: 1. You Rascal You 2. Tea For Two 3. Christmas Swing 4. Honeysuckle Rose 5. Night And Day 6. Daphné 7. Black And White 8. Stompin At Decca
Side B: 1. If I Had You 2. I m Coming Virginia 3. Farewell Blues 4. Billet Doux 5. Them There Eyes 6. Appel Direct (Appel Indirect) - 7. Lambeth Walk 8. I ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm