There is a wealth of mystery and mythology surrounding the legacy of Django Reinhardt. He was a brilliant swing guitarist with a mangled hand, who turned his injury into the impetus for achieving a unique style of voicing and playing. This week’s guests, led by Pandora engineer Vic Wong (pictured at left), dissect the sounds that Reinhardt and his confederates created in 1930s Paris. These sounds were a response to the American “hot jazz” records that Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and others were hearing, falling in love with, and using as launch pads for their own creations. Reinhardt’s journey made for a fascinating musical movement, and it’s most commonly referred to these days as Gypsy Jazz.
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