This title offers an in-depth analysis of the music and life of a gypsy music legend. Famed gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt has been the subject of numerous books, both in this country and abroad. His life was featured in Woody Allen's film ""Sweet and Lowdown"", and his music influenced guitarists within jazz and beyond. But never before has the story of Reinhardt's music been so thoroughly and carefully explored. Benjamin Givan examines how one of jazz's greatest guitarists created his unparalleled sound, despite the tragic accident that rendered his left hand virtually unusable. ""The Music of Django Reinhardt"" is an analytical study of his music, including his process, his improvisational style, and his instrumental technique. The book features transcriptions from records of the 1920s through the 1950s and includes detailed discussion of selected performances from one of the most important guitarists in history.
Benjamin Givan is Assistant Professor of Music at Skidmore College. His writings on jazz have appeared in scholarly publications such as Current Musicology and the Musical Quarterly, as well the popular jazz magazine Down Beat. He received his Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University.