Vintage Grappelli

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Much has been written about the rebirth of older jazz styles at the beginning of the '70s, but violinist Stephane Grappelli never stopped playing classic swing. Furthermore, he provided a place for multiple guitarists like Martin Taylor to hone their skills and make a living. Vintage Grappelli is just that: two discs from 1981 that find the master in superb form. The first, originally titled At the Winery, kicks off with a sassy version of "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" before dipping into the classic "Love for Sale." The warm tone of Grappelli's violin, the appreciative audience, and nice solos from Taylor and guitarist John Etheridge make this music immediately ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Much has been written about the rebirth of older jazz styles at the beginning of the '70s, but violinist Stephane Grappelli never stopped playing classic swing. Furthermore, he provided a place for multiple guitarists like Martin Taylor to hone their skills and make a living. Vintage Grappelli is just that: two discs from 1981 that find the master in superb form. The first, originally titled At the Winery, kicks off with a sassy version of "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" before dipping into the classic "Love for Sale." The warm tone of Grappelli's violin, the appreciative audience, and nice solos from Taylor and guitarist John Etheridge make this music immediately accessible. Listening to pieces like "Angel's Camp" and "Minor Swing," one feels a twinge of envy toward the lucky crowd who attended this show: With good wine and vintage jazz, what more could they have asked for? On the second disc, originally Vintage 1981, guitarist Mike Gari plays on several tracks, replacing John Etheridge. The material, mostly standards like "Blue Moon" and "Honeysuckle Rose," complements the first disc. There's even the appearance of another Stevie Wonder tune, "Isn't She Lovely," proving the pop musicians are still capable of writing jazz-worthy songs. Perhaps the most enduring quality of these two albums is Grappelli and company's ability to infuse a vibrant joy into everything they play. This leaves one with the impression of a bunch of guys doing what they do best and having a good time doing it. One should also note the excellent work of bassist Jack Sewing who adds depth and drive to both sets. Vintage Grappelli offers an hour and a half of joyful jazz and shouldn't be missed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431497721
  • Catalog Number: 4977
  • Sales rank: 52,060

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stéphane Grappelli Primary Artist, Violin, Electric Viola, fender rhodes
Martin Taylor Guitar
John Etheridge Guitar
Jack Sewing Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Jimmy Campbell Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Will Marion Cook Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Donald Heywood Composer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Nick Phillips Producer
Gordon Raddue Liner Notes
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
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