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Looking for feelgood gipys jazz recordings, positive tunes, easygoing. Which are your favorite ones in this area?
It is hard to beat this one ('ll See You In My Dreams). I am still amazed by it every time I hear it.
There was a rush of energy on many of the early recordings of the Hot Club Quintet that is missing from everything that came since; try Chicago, Charleston, Nagasaki, Lambeth Walk and many more from that period.
Was there a competitive edge driving Django and Steph to push each other on?
Did the others - Joseph, Louis, Roger, Baro, Marcel and the rest pick up on this and join in?
That 'feel' is not something one can explain, quantify or transcribe, and it certainly can not be taught, but it is there alright.
One of my favorite albums: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Jive-Lou-Jivers/dp/B003KQW7HA
Louis is amazing, and I love the blend of South African songs and rhythms with the Django repertoire. You can't get more uplifting than Pata Pata...Worth buying and supporting local artists as well!
The ones that always put me in a lighter, happier mood are The Peanut Vendor and, as Chris Martin mentioned, The Lambeth Walk. Another, which tends to get overlooked at jams & gigs in my area, is You're Driving Me Crazy. I realize this is a subjective topic, but those are the ones that come to mind for me.