||Stéphane Grappelli (v); Django Reinhardt (g); Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre “Baro” Ferret (g); Emmanuel Soudieux (b)
"Tea For Two" must have been one of Django Reinhardt's favourite songs at this period, as he recorded it five times between 1937-1939. Three of those versions were made by the QHCF in 1939 for
the same label . This version stands out from the others for its beautiful relaxed tempo and for Django's amazing solo. The cut opens with Django
and Stephane in duet on the verse. Grappelli is as elegant as ever, but Django is feeling rhapsodic and as he begins his solo on the tune, he goes into a breathtaking run, astounding not only for its length, but also for its asymmetrical architecture. Maintaining his penchant for single line solos, his second eight
features a brilliant development of the song's primary motive. In the next eight, he develops one of his own lines, but then returns to examining the original tune to finish his chorus. All of this is done so
artfully that the casual listener can barely tell what's going on. Django's accompaniment style has also made a new development: there is a wonderful moment during Grappelli's solo where Reinhardt
hits a roll at full strength, but then immediately brings the volume down. In classical music, that's known as a forte-piano, but it is rarely used in jazz. Here, it is a perfect way to balance the QHCF's usual rough-and-ready style with the tender reading of a timeless standard.
1939 March 22 - Paris