A Handful of Stars

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
A Handful of Stars is a startlingly mature and impressively confident debut album from 19-year-old jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein, a young man who plays with a felicitous combination of Stuff Smith's earthy, powerful attack and St?phane Grappelli's elegant sophistication. Accompanied by a shifting complement of sidemen that includes, at various times, guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli, saxophonist Houston Person, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Joe Ascione, he's at his best and most confident on such traditional swing fare as "If Dreams Come True," "Swingtime in the Rockies" in a very fun arrangement featuring multi-tracked violins, and "A Dream Is a Wish...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
A Handful of Stars is a startlingly mature and impressively confident debut album from 19-year-old jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein, a young man who plays with a felicitous combination of Stuff Smith's earthy, powerful attack and Stéphane Grappelli's elegant sophistication. Accompanied by a shifting complement of sidemen that includes, at various times, guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli, saxophonist Houston Person, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Joe Ascione, he's at his best and most confident on such traditional swing fare as "If Dreams Come True," "Swingtime in the Rockies" in a very fun arrangement featuring multi-tracked violins, and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes." He's just as good on the ballads as on the up-tempo numbers -- his sweet and tender rendition, with just a quiet guitar accompaniment, of "Pennies from Heaven" is one of the album's highlights -- but his feel for Brazilian rhythms is a bit less sure. On "Samba de Orfeu" he sounds just a bit tentative -- skillful and melodically insightful, but less confident and breezy than on the more ebullient swing selections. Still, if the worst that can be said of him is that he's a bit less fun on the sambas than he is on the other material, then that's high praise indeed. Strongly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941131628
  • Catalog Number: 19316
  • Sales rank: 144,412

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aaron Weinstein Primary Artist, Violin, Leader
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Joe Ascione Drums, Djembe
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Nicki Parrott Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Antônio Maria Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Chip Deffaa Liner Notes, Author
Arthur Johnston Composer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Al Hoffman Composer
Mack David Composer
Traditional Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Aaron Weinstein Producer
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