Memorial [Empire Musicwerks]

Memorial [Empire Musicwerks]

by Django Reinhardt
     
 

1947 was one of the most intriguing years for Django Reinhardt. Having survived World War II, and having had his first reunion with violinist Stéphane Grappelli and his only tour of the United States, the masterful guitarist began to seriously explore both the electric guitar and bebop. Not counting three sessions with Grappelli, Reinhardt recorded 65 selections (plus… See more details below

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1947 was one of the most intriguing years for Django Reinhardt. Having survived World War II, and having had his first reunion with violinist Stéphane Grappelli and his only tour of the United States, the masterful guitarist began to seriously explore both the electric guitar and bebop. Not counting three sessions with Grappelli, Reinhardt recorded 65 selections (plus three alternate takes) during the five months covered by this two-CD set, Memorial. The music deserves to be reissued complete and in chronological order, but this is a strong sampling of 39 of the songs. Usually joined by either Hubert Rostaing, Gerard Leveque, or Maurice Meunier on clarinet plus guitar, bass, drums, and occasional piano, Reinhardt plays a few standards but mostly performs his own surprisingly boppish originals. At times the music is rhythmically awkward although there are some obscure and rewarding songs on this two-fer that are worth reviving. Reinhardt would sound much smoother by 1949, but these early bop efforts (which surprisingly include no Charlie Parker or Dizzy Gillespie songs) are intriguing and innovative in their own way; just do not expect the gypsy swing that Reinhardt performed in the '30s. A bonus is the two selections recorded by Reinhardt as a sideman with visiting cornetist Rex Stewart. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
Label:
Empire Musicwerks
UPC:
0654545082627
catalogNumber:
450826

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Topsy
  2. September Song
  3. Danse Nuptiale (Moppin' the Bride)
  4. Brazil
  5. Anniversary Song
  6. Swing 48
  7. Django's Blues
  8. Mano
  9. Blues Primitif
  10. Blues Clair
  11. Danse Norvegienne
  12. Blues for Barclay (Take) 1
  13. I'll Never Smile Again
  14. Confessin '
  15. Night and Day
  16. Swingtime in Springtime
  17. Blues en Mineur
  18. Manor de Mes Rèves
  19. Babik
  20. Swing 39

Disc 2

  1. Mélodie au Crépuscule
  2. Féerie
  3. Dinette
  4. Minor Swing
  5. Swing 41
  6. Artillerie Lourde (Heavy Artillery)
  7. Peche a la Mouche (Fly Fishing)
  8. Stockholm
  9. Nuages
  10. Del Salle
  11. Vendredi 13
  12. Sweet Chorus
  13. Crépuscule
  14. Song d'Automne
  15. Folie À Amphion
  16. Swing Guitars
  17. Belleville
  18. Douce Ambiance (Sweet Atmosphere)
  19. Swing de Paris

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Gerard Leveque   Clarinet
Maurice Meunier   Clarinet
Hubert Rostaing   Clarinet
Eugene Vees   Guitar
Joseph Reinhardt   Guitar
Ladislas Czabanyck   Bass
André Jourdan   Drums
Eddie Bernard   Piano
Ted Curry   Drums
Jacques Martinon   Drums

Technical Credits

Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Paul Klein   Reissue Producer
Ruth Lowe   Composer
S.K. Russell   Composer
Aldo Venturacci   Art Direction
Sean Weeks   Artwork,Illustrations

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