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by John Kelman
The violin is one of those overlooked instruments in jazz, rarely heard but often memorable. From the early swing of Stephane Grappelli to the Coltrane-informed work of the late Zbigniew Seifert, from the more contemporary fusion of Jean-Luc Ponty to the stylistic breadth of Mark Feldman, the violin clearly works in an improvising context, yet it's one of those instruments that just don't seem to resonate with the broader listening public. And that's too bad, because it can be one ...read more