The earliest of these recordings from the mid-1930s capture Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli shortly after they formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. When Reinhardt performances like "Dinah" and "Oh Lady, Be Good" were released, musicians and laymen alike were astounded by this virtuoso French gypsy's mastery of jazz, an idiom he had absorbed by listening to records. Soon, Reinhardt was radiating influence as his recordings made their way around the world and reached the ears of musicians in the land whose music had inspired him. It was the first indication of a truth not fully borne out for decades, that jazz comes as much from within the player as from the player's origins and environment. Reinhardt only visited the United States once, late in his career, but he was a giant of jazz from the beginning.
with Stephane Grappelli, Joseph Reinhardt, Roger Chaput, Pierre Ferret, Alphonse Cox, Pierre Allier, Arthur Briggs, Eugène D'Hellemmes, Alix Combelle, Louis Vola