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Blue Too

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The combination of jazz and guitar, whether in a group setting or duo, has frequently been associated with swing. This stretches back further than Django Reinhardt and St├ęphane Grappelli to players like guitarist Eddie Lang and violist Joe Venuti in the 1920s; the tradition, however, also moves forward in time, including work by Stuff Smith with guitarist Herb Ellis in 1963 and numerous recordings by groups put together by Tony Rice and David Grisman beginning in the '70s. Despite the long history, the guitar/fiddle combination is nonetheless a rare one in jazz, which makes the issue of Blue Too by guitarist John Pizzarelli and violinist Aaron Weinstein a real treat....
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The combination of jazz and guitar, whether in a group setting or duo, has frequently been associated with swing. This stretches back further than Django Reinhardt and St├ęphane Grappelli to players like guitarist Eddie Lang and violist Joe Venuti in the 1920s; the tradition, however, also moves forward in time, including work by Stuff Smith with guitarist Herb Ellis in 1963 and numerous recordings by groups put together by Tony Rice and David Grisman beginning in the '70s. Despite the long history, the guitar/fiddle combination is nonetheless a rare one in jazz, which makes the issue of Blue Too by guitarist John Pizzarelli and violinist Aaron Weinstein a real treat. As a duo recording, Pizzarelli and Weinstein have kept Blue Too's arrangements simple and intimate. The material, both new and old, pays tribute to the swing tradition, allowing the duo to reach back to George Van Eps' "I Wrote It for Joe," make a stop at Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me," and add to the tradition with the original title cut. While Pizzarelli and Weinstein occasionally indulge in lengthy jams, as with Walter Donaldson's "Little White Lies" (nearly seven minutes), most of these pieces run between two and four minutes. The music and tradition may be familiar on Blue Too, but Pizzarelli and Weinstein's lead work and innovative backing deliver it with imagination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941135527
  • Catalog Number: 19355
  • Sales rank: 140,353

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aaron Weinstein Primary Artist, Violin
John Pizzarelli Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bobby Darin Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
George Van Eps Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Howard Dietz Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Edward Heyman Composer
John Pizzarelli Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Cole Porter Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Sam Coslow Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Aaron Weinstein Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jenny Davis Cover Design
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