336

Stuff Smith: Hot Stuff

Florence Wetzel By

Sign in to view read count
Stuff Smith: Hot Stuff After a long career in the United States, the great jazz violinist Stuff Smith (1909-67) moved to Copenhagen in 1965. Many recordings exist from this fertile period in Smith's career. The new CD Hot Stuff is a reissue of the previously out-of-print Live at Montmarte , recorded in 1965, combined with four tracks from Hot Violins , recorded in 1966.

Live at Montmarte is a concert from Copenhagen's Jazzhus Montmarte and features Kenny Drew on piano, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. The nine tracks include four Smith originals as well as classics such as "Take the A Train," "Mack the Knife," and "The Girl from Ipanema." The group shines throughout, lyrical and lilting on the ballads, exuberant and fiery on the up-tempo numbers. The material from Hot Violins features Smith with fellow violinist Svend Asmussen, Jorgen Borch on piano, Erik Molbaek on bass, and Bjarne Rostvold on drums. Again the songs are a combination of Smith originals and standards, like "C-Jam Blues," "Caravan" and "Oh, Lady, Be Good!" Several of the songs include vocals by Smith and Asmussen, and the group's energy and laughter make it clear they're having a very good time.

Jazz has many faces, but perhaps its joyous aspect is its most appealing. With his effervesence and effortless swing, Smith epitomizes this side of jazz, and you can't help but give over to the music's buoyancy. Jazz was going through tremendous upheavals in the mid '60s; original masters such as Smith were often lost in the changes, but Hot Stuff makes it clear that this is music for all times.


Track Listing: Skip It / The Girl From Ipanema / Tenderly / Take The A Train / Bugle Blues / I Can't Get Started / Mack The Knife / Blues For Timme / Old Stinkin' Blues / The C-Jam Blues / Caravan / Timme's Blues / Oh, Lady Be Good!

Personnel: Stuff Smith, Svend Asmussen - violin & vocal Kenny Drew, J

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Storyville Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read A Dark and Stormy Day CD/LP/Track Review A Dark and Stormy Day
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Pocono Git-Down CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Rímur CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Schönbrunn CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Fugitive Beauté" CD/LP/Track Review Fugitive Beauté
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 11, 2016
Read "Message From Saturn" CD/LP/Track Review Message From Saturn
by James Nadal
Published: November 12, 2016
Read "Infinitude" CD/LP/Track Review Infinitude
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "In Concert" CD/LP/Track Review In Concert
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 6, 2016
Read "ReNew" CD/LP/Track Review ReNew
by Tyran Grillo
Published: April 11, 2016
Read "Metal Na Madeira" CD/LP/Track Review Metal Na Madeira
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 6, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!