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Django Reinhardt is a legend. But Django -which may have meant "I awake"- was twice born. A first time in the snow, during the winter of 1910 in a nomadic gypsy family stationed in Liberchies, Belgium. The second in Saint-Ouen, near Paris, in the fall of 1928, when a fire in his caravan mutilated his left hand.Writer Salva Rubio and artist Efa have already produced together a remarkable biopic on Monet, paying tribute to the painter's obsession with light. Likewise, this biopic devoted to the youth of the prodigy musician features the passion and determination of the man who has always considered himself the greatest guitarist in the world. In this story-score, by laying out the panels like chords, the artist brings to life his passion in vibrating watercolor to better accompany the musical and technical development of the inventor of gypsy jazz. From musette to jazz, from violin to banjo then to guitar, Django's destiny is that of his ‘hand on fire', possessed by the supernatural spirit of the "duende" which burns in the soul of each gypsy musician. That of a miracle who is reborn from his ashes, more dazzling than ever. Cue the music!
The brilliant jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910 1953) is given a high-drama origin story in this graphic biography scripted by Rubio and drawn by Efa, who collaborated previously on Monet: Itinerant of Light. Efa paints the early years of Reinhardt's life in lushly romantic, historically detailed panels with characters given comically exaggerated facial renderings that recall the Pixar treatment. Growing up fatherless in a Roma community outside Paris called The Zone in the 1920s, the scrappy, teenage Reinhardt was tilting into delinquency when the gift of a banjo "charged with all the magic of American music" sent his life rocketing on a new trajectory. He began practicing until his fingers bled, and then one night heard jazz through the door of a nightclub that refused him entry and was transported. Soon, bands vied for the services of the rakishly arrogant, lightning-fingered teenager who blew his earnings at the card table and never learned to read. Just as his career was taking off, a fire left Reinhardt with third-degree burns and a nearly amputated left hand. But with stunning determination and cocksure arrogance ("I am the best in the world, after all"), he fought his way back into the music that gave his life meaning. The slim page count also leaves the story feeling truncated, though it mirrors the tragic early death of Reinhardt. It's a passionate rendering of a fiery life that will leave readers wishing it did not end so quickly.