Makin' Whoopee...and Music!

Makin' Whoopee...and Music!

by Svend Asmussen
     
 
Although Svend Asmussen should be considered as one of the titans of jazz violin, he still isn't as widely known as Stuff Smith, Stéphane Grappelli, or Jean-Luc Ponty, likely in part because he hasn't toured as widely as the others, with most of his performing and recording taking place in Europe. But the spry Danish veteran, who

Overview

Although Svend Asmussen should be considered as one of the titans of jazz violin, he still isn't as widely known as Stuff Smith, Stéphane Grappelli, or Jean-Luc Ponty, likely in part because he hasn't toured as widely as the others, with most of his performing and recording taking place in Europe. But the spry Danish veteran, who recorded these sessions in the weeks prior to his 93rd birthday in the winter of 2009, has been the elder statesman of his instrument since the death of Grappelli. His superb rhythm section consists of pianist/organist/bassist Richard Drexler, guitarist Jacob Fischer (whose name was omitted from the credits on the back cover), and drummer Tony Martin. Many of the pieces are standards that have been in his repertoire for decades, including fun-filled treatments of "Makin' Whoopee" and "There Will Never Be Another You." The joyful "Singin' in the Rain" has Drexler simulating raindrops with a catchy vamp in the upper end of the piano as the leader offers his light-hearted solo, while Asmussen's lyrical setting of "Skylark" is sentimental without being syrupy. There are also timeless jazz pieces like the strutting rendition of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a brilliant "Nuages" showcasing both Asmussen and Fischer. The violinist penned a pair of originals, highlighted by the soulful "Sermon for Stuff" (a tribute to the great violinist Stuff Smith, with whom he worked on numerous occasions after Smith moved to Denmark), with Drexler's gospel-infused organ and piano backing him. Perhaps this rare opportunity to hear Svend Asmussen on an American release will open a few more recording opportunities during the violinist's golden years. Highly recommended!

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941139020
catalogNumber:
19390
Rank:
150588

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Svend Asmussen   Primary Artist,Violin
Richard Drexler   Organ,Bass,Piano

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Svend Asmussen   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Gary Baldassari   Engineer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Carlos Alberto   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Olle Adolphson   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Mike Badalamenti   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Richard Drexler   Composer
Pierre Norman   Composer

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