CD - Hot Club de Norvège
Released by Refined Records, 2001
These days, a lot of jazz musicians avoid being sentimental -- they're too busy trying to impress you with how much technique they have or how intellectual they can be. But when Django Reinhardt was making his mark in the 1930s and 1940s, romantic and sentimental weren't things to be avoided. The Belgian-born gypsy guitarist had no problem playing fast or swinging aggressively, but when he slowed down the tempo, Reinhardt wasn't afraid to savor his sentimental side. Dominated by the Hot Club de Norvège, Parisian Honeymoon Suite often becomes a celebration of Reinhardt's more romantic work. Some of the material is fast, but for the most part, the retro-swing that you hear on this CD is laid-back and sentimental.
- Alex Henderson,
All About Jazz, 2001