"Nuages" (French pronunciation: [nɥaʒ]) is one of the best-known compositions by Django Reinhardt. He recorded at least thirteen versions of the tune, which is a jazz standard and a mainstay of the gypsy swing repertoire. English and French lyrics have been added to the piece which was originally an instrumental work. The title translated into English is "Clouds", but the adaptation with English lyrics is titled "It's the Bluest Kind of Blues".
In 1940, Django made two recordings of Nuages in F major, and with a clarinet melody. (Some later recordings are in G major, perhaps to suit the violin.) Unhappy with the first recording, Reinhardt added a second clarinet, creating a renowned arrangement for the December 1940 recording. Reinhardt's 1946 recording (as can be heard in the sample) is in the key of G major. A final recording was made just before he died at a 1953 session, where we hear Django with only Maurice Vander on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Jean-Louis Viale on drums. He was using an electric guitar by this time. "Nuages" was released by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France on the French Swing label as a 78-RPM single in 1940. The flip side is "Les Yeux Noirs".
- Sidney Bechet – Rendez-vous avec Sidney Bechet et Andre Reweliotty (1953)
- Tony Bennett – used the music with new lyrics that he wrote for a song titled "All for You" on The Art of Romance (2004)
- Benny Carter – Elegy in Blue (1994)
- Lucienne Delyle – vocal version of "Nuages" with French lyrics by Jacques Larue (1942)
- Denny Dennis with the Stanley Black Orchestra – vocal version "It's the Bluest Kind of Blues My Baby Sings" with English lyrics by Spencer Williams (1942)
- Paul Desmond with Ed Bickert – Pure Desmond (1974)
- Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra – vocal version "It's the Bluest Kind of Blues" (1946, not issued until 2000)
- Monica Lewis – vocal version titled "It's the Bluest Kind of Blues" (1947)
- Joe Pass (1964)
- Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli – Skol (1979)
- Susannah McCorkle - in both French and English on her album "From Broken Hearts to Blue Skies"
- Pino Daniele - vocal version in his album – Passi d'autore (2004)
- Dave Gould's Guitar Pages Archived 2008-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "It's the Bluest Kind of Blues", lyrics for "Nuages" by Spencer Williams
- Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 304–305. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
- "Nuages". Second Hand Songs.