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Beyond the Sea La Mer. Lover Man. He was one of the first prominent jazz musicians to be born in Europe, and one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time. He started first on the violin and eventually moved on to a banjo-guitar that had been given to him and his first known recordings in were of him playing the banjo a banjo guitar has six strings tuned in standard guitar tuning. At the age of 18 Reinhardt was injured in a fire that ravaged the caravan he shared with Bella, his first wife.
They were very poor, and when the fire broke out they lost what little they had. She made imitation flowers out of celluloid and paper for her living. Consequently, their home was full of this highly flammable material. Returning from a performance late one night, Django apparently knocked over a candle on his way to bed.
While his family and neighbors were quick to pull him to safety, he received first- and second-degree burns over half his body. His right leg was paralyzed and his left hand was badly burnt. Doctors believed that he would never play I Wonder Wheres My Baby Tonight - Django Reinhardt - Djangology (Box Set) again and intended to amputate I Wonder Wheres My Baby Tonight - Django Reinhardt - Djangology (Box Set) leg. But he left the I Wonder Wheres My Baby Tonight - Django Reinhardt - Djangology (Box Set) after a short time and within a year could walk with use of a cane.
His brother Joseph Reinhardt, an accomplished guitarist in his own right, bought Django a new guitar. With painful rehabilitation and practice Django relearned his craft in a completely new way, even as his third and fourth fingers remained partially paralyzed. Hence, he used to play solos with only two fingers, and managed to use the injured one for some chords.
Occasionally Chaput was replaced by Pierre "Baro" Ferret. They also used their guitars for percussive sounds, as they had no true percussion section. Reinhardt later formed bands with more conventional instrumentations as with clarinet or saxophone, piano, bass and drums.
He produced numerous recordings at this time with the quintet. Reinhardt could neither read nor write music, and was barely literate because of his gypsy upbringing. Reinhardt returned to Paris at once, leaving his wife behind. Grappelli remained in the United Kingdom for the duration of the war and Reinhardt reformed the quintet in Paris with Hubert Rostaing on clarinet in place of Grappelli's violin. Reinhardt survived World War II unscathed, unlike many other Gypsies who perished in the concentration death camps of the Nazis.
It was especially hard for Django's people because jazz itself was not allowed under Hitler's regime. In Django married Sophie Ziegler in Salbris, with whom he had a son, Babik Reinhardt, who went on to become a respected guitarist in his own right. Despite Reinhardt's great pride in touring with Ellington one of his two letters to Grappelli relates this excitementhe wasn't really integrated into the band, playing only a few tunes at the end of the show, with no special arrangements written personally for him.
He was used to his brother, Joseph, carrying around his I Wonder Wheres My Baby Tonight - Django Reinhardt - Djangology (Box Set) for him and tuning it. Allegedly, Reinhardt was given an untuned guitar to play with discovered after strumming a chord and it took him five whole minutes to tune it though it should be noted that this is not an unusual amount of time for a guitar to be tuned, I Wonder Wheres My Baby Tonight - Django Reinhardt - Djangology (Box Set), especially before the invention of modern electronic tuners.
So, he was used to playing the Selmer Maccaferri, the guitar he made famous, but he was required to play a new amplified model.
After "going electric", the results were not as much liked by fans. He returned to France with broken dreams, but continued to play and make many recordings. Django Reinhardt was among the first people in France to appreciate and understand the music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie whom he sought after when he arrived in New York.
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