Memorial [Empire Musicwerks]

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Empire Musicwerks
  • UPC: 654545082627
  • Catalog Number: 450826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Topsy (3:03)
  2. 2 September Song (3:25)
  3. 3 Danse Nuptiale (Moppin' the Bride) (2:19)
  4. 4 Brazil (2:45)
  5. 5 Anniversary Song (3:32)
  6. 6 Swing 48 (2:46)
  7. 7 Django's Blues (3:05)
  8. 8 Mano (2:53)
  9. 9 Blues Primitif (2:42)
  10. 10 Blues Clair (2:44)
  11. 11 Danse Norvegienne (3:00)
  12. 12 Blues for Barclay (Take) 1 (3:00)
  13. 13 I'll Never Smile Again (2:44)
  14. 14 Confessin ' (2:55)
  15. 15 Night and Day (2:54)
  16. 16 Swingtime in Springtime (3:08)
  17. 17 Blues en Mineur (3:29)
  18. 18 Manor de Mes Rèves (3:48)
  19. 19 Babik (2:05)
  20. 20 Swing 39 (2:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mélodie au Crépuscule (3:16)
  2. 2 Féerie (2:19)
  3. 3 Dinette (2:53)
  4. 4 Minor Swing (2:51)
  5. 5 Swing 41 (3:11)
  6. 6 Artillerie Lourde (Heavy Artillery) (4:15)
  7. 7 Peche a la Mouche (Fly Fishing) (2:15)
  8. 8 Stockholm (3:19)
  9. 9 Nuages (3:19)
  10. 10 Del Salle (3:20)
  11. 11 Vendredi 13 (1:59)
  12. 12 Sweet Chorus (3:02)
  13. 13 Crépuscule (3:59)
  14. 14 Song d'Automne (3:22)
  15. 15 Folie À Amphion (2:52)
  16. 16 Swing Guitars (3:02)
  17. 17 Belleville (2:34)
  18. 18 Douce Ambiance (Sweet Atmosphere) (2:21)
  19. 19 Swing de Paris (3:48)
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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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