CD Improvisations [Stphane Grappelli] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 984264),
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Improvisations [Stphane Grappelli] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    2. Fascinating Rhythm
    3. Dans la Vie
    4. Cheek to Cheek
    5. Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
    6. Taking a Chance on Love
    7. 'S Wonderful
    8. Someone to Watch over Me
    9. If I Had You
    10. Body and Soul
    11. I Want to Be Happy
    12. She's Funny That Way
    13. Time After Time
    14. Just One of Those Things
    15. Slow en R Majeur - (previously unreleased)
    16. Taking a Chance on Love
    17. Someone to Watch over Me - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 549242

  • Credits

    Personnel: Stephane Grappelli (violin); Maurice Vander (piano, harpsichord); Pierere Michelot (double bass); Baptiste "Mac Kac" Reilles (drums).
    Recorded in February and April 1956, in Paris, France. Includes liner notes by Alain Tercinet.
    Digitally remastered by Alexis Frenkel & Christophe Henault (Art Et Son Studio, Paris, France).
    This is part of Verve's Jazz In Paris series.
    Personnel: Stphane Grappelli (violin); Maurice Vander (piano, harpsichord); Pierre Michelot (double bass); Baptiste "Mac Kac" Reilles (drums).
    Recording information: Paris, France (02/06/1956-04/10/1956).
    Translator: Martin Davies.
    This is the first of Stephane Grappelli's sessions as a leader during the 1950s to be issued on CD, which is rather surprising given the availability of his work from the last two decades of his life. Grappelli is heard exclusively in a quartet with pianist Maurice Vander, bassist Pierre Michelot, and drummer Baptiste Reilles, except for two takes of "Someone to Watch Over Me," when Vander makes an ill-advised switch to harpsichord. The violinist is not nearly as aggressive as he would become in the decades to follow, seemingly concentrating more on achieving a beautiful tone than dazzling listeners with his considerable abilities as an improviser. Most of the material recorded during these three dates remained in his repertoire for the remainder of his career; with up-tempo selections like "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "'S Wonderful" getting the nod over most of the ballad interpretations. One surprise is the inclusion of Alec Wilder's "I'll Be Around" (listed as previously unreleased but it appeared on a later Barclay LP following the original issue); this may be Grappelli's only recording of this lovely standard. Although this isn't an essential CD for swing fans, the reappearance of this once hard to find music will be welcomed by fans of Stephane Grappelli. ~ Ken Dryden

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