Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
369

Florin Niculescu: Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappelli

Jakob Baekgaard By

Sign in to view read count
Florin Niculescu: Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappelli Sometimes, as far as music goes, one record can lead to another. One hearing of Florin Niculescu's homage to Stephane Grappelli sends the listener back to the old recordings of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, where Grappelli worked his magic with his most famous musical partner, guitar wizard Django Reinhardt.

What a joy to listen to Grappelli. Not only could he make the violin sing and swing. He played with fire and passion. There are times that Grappelli seems to make a u-turn on his instrument that is so sharp that the strings are in danger of being broken or indeed are burning up. Now that's music that swings.

It is no exaggeration to say that Grappelli's music is safe in the hands of Florin Niculescu. Like Grappelli, Niculescu has the ability to make the violin sing. He doesn't just show off with a lot of fast notes, he makes the music flow effortlessly with passion and commitment.

Niculescu has a superb technique and his group consisting of Peter Beets on piano, Bruno Ziarelli on drums and Daryl Hall on bass plus guest guitarists Christian Escoudé; and Marc Fosset are doing a very good job of backing him. They swing comfortably and the record is a treat for the ears from start to finish.

Highlights include a take on the classic Reinhardt/Grappelli composition "Daphné," where Niculescu really shows his chops. Elsewhere, he performs a stunning version of "Old Man River" that manages to be both wild and sentimental.

It is downright impossible not to like music that swings as infectiously as this and Niculescu can play so even the alley cats of Paris must be dancing. An album like Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappelli is proof that the music Grappelli treasured so much is still alive and not just a nostalgic thing of the past.


Track Listing: Opportunity; H

Personnel: Florin Niculescu: violin; Peter Beets: piano; Brune Ziarelli: drums; Daryl Hall: bass; Christian Escoud

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Blujazz Productions | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappelli
Florin Niculescu...
Blujazz Productions
2009
buy
[no cover]
Djangophonie
Le Chant Du Monde
2005
buy
[no cover]
Gipsy Swing Of Paris
Le Chant Du Monde
0
buy

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.