Django Reinhardt.

Can any one recommend a good cd as an introduction to
Django Reinhardt? I would like to explore his music further and would like an audiophile recording if possible.
Hmm, audiophile and Django Reinhardt don't necessarily fit in the same sentence, since even the best recordings have some problems, but here's a few I think are great:

Jazz in Paris: Nuits de Saint-Germain des-Prés --an excellent live show with good recording quality off the Gitane label

Peche à la Mouche -- 2-disc set from Verve that's got good quality and excellent music. This is pretty amazing

The Quintette of the Hot Club of France -- A classic, but varied quality

The Complete Django Reinhardt & Quintet of the Hot Club of France Swing-- This is the Mosaic 6-disc collection, and if you can find it it's the best combo of music and recording value. This is my pic, but it's as much a total immersion as it is an introduction

Of Course, there's the huge "Djangology" box set (like 10 cds!) but I haven't myself gotten it, so can only venture a guess.

If you like this kind of music, then I'd seriously recommend you track down "The Rosenberg Trio: Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival" A great live show, a great recording, and amazing musicians. Definitely worth a listen (especially they're version of "Minor Swing")
Go to music and check out the samples, it might give you a better feel for what you like.
I have some Bireli Lagrene who is basically a carbon-copy of Django, he ventures into other styles through his albums.
His guitar playing is phenomenal, check him out too.
The only Django recordings that I've found that were remotely "audiophile" were the early Mercury and Clef 10 inch vinyl.

As Mimberman stated, " ... audiophile and Django Reinhardt don't necessarily fit in the same sentence".

It is a damn shame.

Jack Seaton
Let me add that if you like Django you probably like Stephan Grapelli, his violin player, as well, and there is an absolute ton of well-recorded Stephan Grapelli records out there. Because his career was so much longer than Django's many of his recording are more modern, cleaner, with a lot less hiss. I have several nice discs on the Black Lion label and I'm sure there are many others. Happy listening!
I posted the text below in another thread (ie, "Favorite recent discovery"). I highly recommend Duane Andrews, and the recording quality of his cd is excellent. I also recommend the 4 box set "Django in Rome". It's well worth the money ($20 @, recording quality notwithstanding.

Finally - thanks for this thread, and the posts above - I am also looking for more Django recommendations.

I was in Nova Scotia this summer, and while in Halifax the annual Jazz East jazz festival was playing. I caught one night only which opened up with Duane Andrews. He's a Django Reinhardt follower, and his playing was mezmerizing. I bought his CD (he only has one out) and it's been in regular rotation since.
Since I enjoy his music so much I decided to check out his primary influence - Django, with whom I was previously unfamiliar. I bought the box set "Django in Rome" and it's great - 4 CD's, over 4 hours of live music, though it has the 40's era recording tone - kind of "tinny" sounding.
If anyone is aware of good (ie at least near-audiophile) recording quality offerings from Django, I'd appreciate a recommendation.
If interested in hearing samples of Duane Andrews - he has a web site: As far as I know, the only way to get his cd is at one of his shows, or from his web site. If you do the latter, don't be surprised if it taks a long time to arrive. Mine took over 4 weeks. I think the distribution firm he uses is small, unless they had to print up more copies.
The one CD compilation Django Reinherdt Verve Jazz Masters 38 is a good start.

Yeah, most recordings of him are not so hot.
Thanks, everyone. I kinda knew there would not be any great recordings, given the era, so I guess I meant the better ones. How I became interested, was, while listening to CBC Radio 2 a while back, the host was interviewing an author who had just completed a book on Django. The authors research and dedication was impressive, almost like a passion. What was shared over the radio in regards to Django was amazing (tid bits on his life, his personality, and pieces of his music). I honestly knew very, very little of him, and now know just a little more. From what I heard, how could a person not be intrigued? While I am not sure of the book's title, I do recall the author was a columnist for The New York Times, or the NYT had some relevant influence, so if anyone wants to read it (as do I) I don't believe it will be too hard to source. This mans life sounds amazing.
There is a web site devoted to this type of music

Didn't see any mention of Hot Club of San Francisco, they have several Audiophile recordings. I especially like the ones on Clarity Recordings

Happy listening
On a related note, the Woody Allen movie "Sweet and Lowdown" (starring Sean Penn) is an enjoyable look at the music of Django's era. The character of Django himself puts in a pivotal cameo.