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The Schnuckenack Reinhardt Quintett

The Schnuckenack Reinhardt Quintett was a German Gypsy jazz quintet that captivated audiences with their vibrant and infectious music during their active years from 1967 to 1972. Led by the renowned violinist Schnuckenack Reinhardt, the band showcased exceptional talent and a deep understanding of the Gypsy jazz tradition.

Formed in 1967, the early lineup of the quintet consisted of Schnuckenack Reinhardt on violin, Daweli Reinhardt on lead guitar, Spatzo Weiss on rhythm guitar, Hojok Merstein on bass, and Bobby Falta on lead guitar. Together, they embarked on a musical journey that would establish their reputation as one of the finest Gypsy jazz ensembles of their time.

The Schnuckenack Reinhardt Quintett drew inspiration from the legendary Django Reinhardt, a pioneer of the Gypsy jazz style. Their music was characterized by virtuosic improvisations, infectious rhythms, and the signature swinging melodies that defined the genre. With their skillful performances and infectious energy, they delighted audiences across Germany and beyond.

In 1969, the lineup underwent some changes as Daweli Reinhardt was replaced by Häns’che Weiss on lead guitar and Holzmanno Winterstein joined on rhythm guitar. This new configuration brought a fresh dynamic to the band, adding new colors and textures to their sound.

However, the evolution of the quintet didn’t stop there. In 1972, further changes took place with the addition of Lili Reinhardt on guitar, Schmeling Lehmann on rhythm guitar, Ricardo Reinhardt on rhythm guitar, and Jani Lehmann on contrabass. This lineup shift marked the final phase of the band’s career before they eventually disbanded.

Throughout their active years, the Schnuckenack Reinhardt Quintett released several recordings that showcased their exceptional musicianship and dedication to the Gypsy jazz tradition. While information on their discography from this specific period is scarce, it is believed that their live performances were highly regarded, capturing the essence of their electrifying stage presence and musicianship.

The legacy of the Schnuckenack Reinhardt Quintett endures as a testament to their contributions to the Gypsy jazz genre. Their commitment to the tradition and their innovative spirit allowed them to leave an indelible mark on the German jazz scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their music continues to inspire and captivate jazz enthusiasts around the world, reminding us of the timeless beauty and infectious joy of Gypsy jazz.