Unlike the first 16 LPs in this 20-volume series, the final four albums were not reissued as part of EMI's ten-CD box set. Vol. 17 has 14 of the many selections recorded at some marathon sessions in Italy during Jan. and Feb. 1949, the final recorded reunion of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Eleven of the songs on this album (including Reinhardt's "Nuages") are standards but the two principals (backed by a standard rhythm section) come up with consistently fresh and swinging statements.
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