This two-disc collection is a worthwhile study of Django Reinhardt’s later period, focusing on 1947. A number of these 78-rpm sides are also available on the 1992 Verve/PolyGram collection Peche à la Mouche: The Great Blue Star Sessions 1947-1953. But the mastering on Memorial is punchier and there are more tracks (39 versus 33). The personnel and session details on Memorial are more than adequate; the fluorescent cover art one could take or leave. While Peche à la Mouche culls music from five different 1947 dates, Memorial raises that number to nine. However, the Verve package offers more substantial liner notes, not to mention eight quartet tracks from March 1953, two months before Reinhardt’s death.
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