Exhibit Records - EXLP-44061 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio - Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Two of the very best and most innovative "string" musicians of the 20th century.
One of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings. In a sense this album represents a passing of the torch, as the greatest jazz violinist of all, the immortal Stephane Grappelli, bridges two generations of great acoustic jazz musicians - from his all-time classic 1930s recordings with the Hot Club of France (and a legendary partnership with the great guitarist Django Reinhardt - probably the most famous jazz partnership outside of the United States, and the most famous jazz string band in the world) to this remarkable recording with mandolinist David Grisman and his band featuring Mark O'Conner, Rob Wasserman, Tiny Moore and Mike Marshall
Grappelli was incomparable in his Hot Club of France days, and he hadn't lost a beat by the time of this recording almost 50 years later. Grisman's music was greatly influenced by Reinhardt and Grappelli, and this album represents a kind of tribute to those great pioneers of acoustic swing music - but it's much more than just a nostalgic nod to the past.
It's a historic recording in its own right, and the music is truly wonderful. Grisman and Grappelli sound as if they'd been playing together for years, and the respect they have for each other is obvious throughout the entire set. It's not an exaggeration to say that Grappelli and Grisman are two of the very best and most innovative musicians (especially on acoustic string instruments) of the 20th century, and it's a real treat to get to hear them play together on this recording. They are absolute masters who have produced some of the finest, most beautiful, moving, virtuoso music on the planet.
The tracks feature "jazz greatest hits" like "Shine," "Tiger Rag," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Satin Doll" and "Misty" with a medley of "King of the Gypsies" music. Essential music with more than its share of great solos, a blend of Bluegrass and Jazz, and one of few albums of its kind to make the Billboard charts.
"One of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings, this live session teams the veteran violinist with (mandolinist) David Grisman's band, an ensemble that (in addition to its leader) boasts hot solos from Mike Marshall on violin, guitarist Mark O'Connor (who switches to violin to battle Grappelli on a memorable "Tiger Rag"), and bassist Rob Wasserman. The first two songs ("Shine" and "Pent-Up House") are taken at breakneck tempos and then, after the group tries to cool off on "Misty," they really burn on "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Tiger Rag.
" Essential music with more than its share of great solos." - Scott Yanow, allmusic.com
• 180g Vinyl
• Exhibit Records Audiophile Series
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Gatefold Package
Stephane Grappelli, violin
David Grisman, mandolin
Mike Marshall, guitar, mandolin
Mark O'Connor, guitar, violin
Rob Wasserman, bass
Tiny Moore, electric mandolin
2. Pent-Up House
4. Sweet Georgia Brown
5. Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger)
6. Satin Doll
8. Medley: Tzigani / Fizstorza / Fulginiti