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by C. Michael Bailey
Grappelli plays Grappelli sports exactly what the name implies, the late violinist Stephane Grappelli performing his own compositions. But it is a bit more orderly than that. Contained on this single disc are two recording sessions, illuminating two themes. Recorded in 1980 but never released, the Horoscope Sessions highlight twelve winsome pieces based on the standard horoscope, composed by Grappelli and Perez Pilar. The second session, Emotions, was recorded seven years earlier and consists of six nervous pieces based on ...read more
by AAJ Staff
In 1979 an exciting performance was captured of a trio of masters, Stephane Grappelli on violin, Joe Pass on Guitar and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass (also known by the abbreviation NHOP). This trans-generational, all string ensemble swings with a power that is unmatched by many a bigger and more varied band. These expert musicians play with such feeling and precision that they get a big, big sound is despite the smallness of the group.
The repertoire consists of ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Stephane Grappelli— then and ... then.
These two collections serve as very nice bookends to a jazz violin career that spanned almost 70 years. Stephane Grappelli was born in Paris in 1908. Largely self-taught on the violin and piano, Grappelli studied briefly at the Paris Conservatoire before meeting the gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt— Charlie Parker to his Dizzy Gillespie. From 1933 through 1939, Grappelli and Reinhardt, as member of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, recorded some of ...read more
by Larry Koenigsberg
no one; Night and day; Makin' Whoopee; I get a kick out of you; Someone to watch over me; Blue moon; Crazy rhythm; The very thought of you; Fascinating rhythm; Limehouse blues; Honeysuckle rose; In a sentimental mood; Them there eyes; Nuages; Daphne; Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans; Sweet Georgia Brown; Lady be good
The late Stephane Grappelli was not unique among jazz performances in the length of his career (see also Benny Waters), his ...read more