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Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Remember Django

Yesterday, 23rd Jan., was the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt.
I find it incredible that the BBC did not mark this in any way given the genius of the man, the like of whom we will never hear/see again. When you consider that his solos were played on only 2 fingers of his damaged hand.
My son, brother & I raised our glasses in his memory.
Liz.

3 comments :

Lance said...

I'd have found it incredible if the BBC HAD marked his centennial!
It would be interesting to know if it was acknowledged in France.

Grumpy said...

If it had been Wacko Jacko's centennial we would have hours and hours and hours and hours of tributes and endless drivel.
Grumpy

Roly said...

Recently I heard again Django's 'improvisation #1' on radio 3. It was played in among some classical stuff. It demonstrates his phenomenal right hand tremelo pick technique and also how he managed all those subtle chordal passages despite his damaged left hand. Astonishing! For anyone who hasn't heard this, it's on Youtube and here's the link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abTCjBo8elE
Roly

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