Minor Swing (for the National Day of Belgium)!

Not far from the hotel in which I stayed during my visit to Ghent last week is a small but pleasant jazz bar called Minor Swing. I mentioned to some colleagues as we passed by the place that it was clearly named after the tune by Django Reinhardt (who was born in Belgium). In fact it was something of a signature tune for him. Anyway, Radio 3 reminded me this morning that today (21st July)  is Belgian National Day so I thought I’d mark the occasion on this blog by posting a version of Minor Swing that demonstrates Django’s superlative gift for melodic improvisation, together with violinist Stephane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

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2 Responses to “Minor Swing (for the National Day of Belgium)!”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Amazing that he played like this with a couple of fingers out of action! The Django-Grappelli collaboration is excellent stuff.

  2. telescoper Says:

    His playing is amazing anyway, even before you consider that the third and fourth fingers of his left hand were paralysed. But whatever you say about the miraculous nature of his technique what always strikes me is his capacity to produce a spontaneous stream of melodic invention.

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