It’s actually nice here this afternoon working from home. It’s teeming rain outside, HRH is cuddling with Tina the Cat in my EZ-Boy and I’m getting a shit ton of work done; everybody’s happy.
Our next “Home from School Sick” selection is another purchase from this weekend’s past Record Fair in Hamilton, Ontario, the ‘Le Quintette Du Hot Club de France‘ album by Django Reinhardt and featuring Stephane Grappelli.
Quintette du Hot Club de France (often abbreviated to “QdHCdF” or just “QHCF”) was a jazz group founded in France in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli, and active in one form or another until 1948.
And if you don’t know who Django Reinhardt is, well, shame on you.
One of the earliest and most significant continental jazz groups in Europe, the Quintette was described by critic Thom Jurek as “one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz”. Their most famous lineup featured Reinhardt, Grappelli, bassist Louis Vola, and rhythm guitarists Roger Chaput and Joseph Reinhardt (Django’s brother) who filled out the ensemble’s sound and added occasional percussive effects.
Now, don’t get me wrong, HRH really doesn’t enjoy her Jazz Boner music but, I’m not Burger King so you can’t necessarily “have it your way”. She is patient though and listens intently, even if she doesn’t always instantly love what I put on and that’s all I ever ask for.
Okay, I just checked: she’s sound asleep.
Anyway, for me this album was a terrific score this weekend as I certainly dig my Jazz Boner. The album is a collection of “hits” dating between 1936 and 1940. Among them include ‘Nagasaki‘, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin‘, ‘Georgia On My Mind‘, and ‘Charleston‘.
This will more or less wrap up the afternoon and, soon, I’ll be transitioning to the gym and the spin bike and something a little more, shall we say “lively”. In the meantime, this was a great and a terrific listen on this dreary impromptu workday at home in the basement office.