Thursday, November 11, 2010

Django Reinhardt plays Electric Guitar w/ Duke Ellington

Another slightly unusual post but I couldn't resist:

I've always respected Django Reinhardt as an influential guitarist but mostly for the quaint "Gypsy Style" acoustic Jazz on his pre-war recordings with Stefan Grapelli and The Hot Club Quartet. This recording changed my mind completely - he is a Guitar Monster period!

Apparently Duke Ellington met Django in Paris during the war and invited him to the USA to tour with his big band and when Django showed up without a guitar a friend took him to the Epiphone factory in New York City where he picked up this 1945 Epiphone Regent electric and an Electar amp. 

The results speak for themselves.

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