CD Jazz in Paris: Oscar Peterson-Stephanie Grapelli Quartet, Vol. 1 (CD 290729),
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Jazz in Paris: Oscar Peterson-Stephanie Grapelli Quartet, Vol. 1

  • 1. Them There Eyes
    2. Flamingo
    3. Makin' Whoopee
    4. Looking at You
    5. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
    6. My One and Only Love
    7. Thou Swell
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 013028

  • Credits
    ProducerArnaud De Froberville
    EngineerMick Lanaro

    /Stephane Grappelli.
    Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Stephane Grappelli (violin); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Kenny Clarke (drums).
    Recorded in Paris, France on February 22 & 23, 1973. Originally released on America (6129). Includes liner notes by Alain Tercinet.
    Digitally remastered by Alexis Frenkel and Christophe Henault (Art Et Son Studio, Paris, France).
    This is part of Verve's Jazz In Paris series.
    Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Stphane Grappelli (violin); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (double bass); Kenny Clarke (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Alain Tercinet.
    Recording information: Paris, France (02/22/1973/02/23/1973).
    One of the nice things about jazz is the cross-pollination of different players in multiple settings. No one would've thought of pairing swing violinist Stphane Grappelli and bop pianist Oscar Peterson, for instance, but the match works very well. The pair have expanded into a quartet on this reissue with the aid of double bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Kenny Clarke. The set, recorded in 1973 in Paris, includes a handful of standards, from Pinkard/Tracey/Tauber's "Them There Eyes" to Rodgers & Hart's "Thou Swell." As one might guess, Grappelli is in his own element on upbeat, swinging pieces like "Makin' Whoopee" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Peterson likewise joins in the spirit of these pieces, making them the most interesting interpretations on the album. Other material, like the lingering "Flamingo" and "My One and Only Love," are also enjoyable, but seem rather tepid in comparison. The latter composition is also handicapped by its nearly ten-minute length. Peterson and Grappelli end with a nice, bouncy version of "Thou Swell" that brings the whole affair to a satisfying close. Quartet, Vol. 1 isn't a perfect recording, but it is an enjoyable one, showing how much fun it is to pair unlikely musicians in the studio and see what happens. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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