‘That Spanish tinge’: Evan Christopher’s Django A La Creole

Prototype guitar hero Django Reinhardt tore up the jazz world with his fiery gypsy swing style, doing with two fingers – the other pair lost in a caravan fire – what no one before him had done with a full four. And nearly 60 years after his death Reinhardt still has a fair claim to being Europe’s best known jazzer, creating an entirely new music distinct from the predominant American idiom. One day in 1939 Europe’s new swing king holed up in the studio with three players from American’s reigning royalty, the Duke Ellington band. Laying down just six songs, the … Continue reading ‘That Spanish tinge’: Evan Christopher’s Django A La Creole