Thursday, June 24, 2010

Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli

Deviating from my normal pro-American stance, we're flying DC-3 back to 1940's Europe right after the war for these. And a bittersweet trip it is. Instrumental music doesn't get better or sadder than this. Keep in mind the time in history these were recorded. Django had just returned to France from England where he had been able to avoid the Holocaust. Adolph Hitler had just killed 1 1/2 million Gypsies. 1 1/2 million out of a relatively small population! Little wonder there a strain of sorrow even in their up tempo music. Tears? I guess so. 

Manouche! Miracle de deux doigts.

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