Handful of Stars

Handful of Stars

by Aaron Weinstein
     
 

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 See more details below

Overview

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:
0780941131628
catalogNumber:
19316
Rank:
184087

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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
Hoffman   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Aaron Weinstein   Producer

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