This release presents his last studio sessions, including the complete original LP The Immortal Guitar (Reprise Records R-6075), which consisted of recordings from a series of 1947 small group dates (featuring violinist StÈphane Grappelli) at the Radio Diffusion FranÁaise studios in Paris, plus Djangoís complete Blue Star dates and all of his 1951-53 Decca sides.
Django Reinhardt, was one of the great musicians of the twentieth century and arguably the greatest guitarist who ever lived who had an important influence on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and many others.
Handsome, charismatic, childlike, and unpredictable, Reinhardt was a character out of a picaresque novel. Born in a gypsy caravan at a crossroads in Belgium, he was almost killed in a freak fire that burned half of his body and left his left hand twisted into a claw. But with this maimed left hand flying over the frets and his right hand plucking at dizzying speed, Django became Europe's most famous jazz musician, commanding exorbitant fees and spending the money as fast as he made it. He had a long musical partnership with violinist Stéphane Grappelli - the one suave and smooth, the other sharper and more dissonant, together they evolved their novel string jazz ensemble, Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Djangos career was one full of musical diversity, from his swing-styled Nouveau Quintette, to his big band Django's Music, and his later bebop ensemble, as well as his many compositions, including symphonic pieces influenced by Ravel and Debussy and his unfinished organ mass inspired by Bach.
This release is a must have and presents his last studio sessions. •3CD 10-panel digipack with 20-page booklet. 24 Bit digitally remastered.