Jattendrai Swing (1939) • Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli

When I was very young, like 3rd grade or so, I found a record at the library with Django Reinhardt on guitar and Stéphane Grappelli violin, and I couldn’t stop listening to it. That was when I began learning the huge difference between racist stereotype Gypsies and real Romani people’s culture and history.
Gypsy Jazz and later Be-Bop infusion of the same probably had as much influence on my later pick up the guitar as the Robert Johnson recordings I also found at the library.
I cannot imagine Django Reinhardt (who only had the use of two fingers on his left hand) being appreciated if he was born in today’s world of selfie culture YouTube guitarists obsessed with playing the guitar with soulless, White-Perfection.
Muirén Ní Sídach