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sábado, 17 de junio de 2017

Django Reinhardt • Memorial



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.
Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


Disc 1 (Total Time - 58:57)
1. Topsy
2. September Song
3. Danse Nuptiale (Moppin’ The Bride)
4. Brazil
5. Anniversary Song
6. Swing 49
7. Django’s Blues
8. Mano
9. Blues Primitif
10. Gypsy With A Song
11. Danse Norvegienne
12. Blues for Barclay (Take 1)
13. I’ll Never Smile Again
14. Confessin'
15. Night and Day
16. Fantaisie
17. Blues en Mineur
18. Manor de mes Rèves
19. Babik
20. Swing 39

Disc: 2 (Total Time - 58:02)
1. Mélodie au Crépuscule
2. Féerie
3. Dinette
4. Minor Swing
5. Swing 40
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 Listen
18. Douce Ambiance (Sweet Atmosphere)
19. Swing de Paris






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