Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stéphane Grappelli Meets Barney Kessel

This excellent set features a logical combination. Violinist Stéphane Grappelli originally came to fame through his recordings with guitarist Django Reinhardt. Barney Kessel, although more influenced by Charlie Christian than by Django, was one of the top jazz guitarists of the 1950s and '60s and his style was quite complementary to Grappelli's. The two teamed up for several albums' worth of material in 1969. This CD reissues the former LP I Remember Django, adding four additional selections and serving as a perfect introduction to the brilliant playing of Stephane Grappelli.
Scott Yanow

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Stéphane Grappelli
Barney Kessel


1 I Remember Django (Kessel)  4:49
2 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  6:21
3 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  3:05
4 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Adams, Grever)  3:07
5 More Than You Know (Eliscu, Youmans)  4:13
6 Et Maintenant (Becaud, Delanoe)  3:44
7 I Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  6:00
8 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose)  3:46
9 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  5:08
10 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  2:45
11 Little Star (Kessel)  4:36
12 Undecided (Robin, Shavers)  5:26


Stéphane Grappelli - vl
Barney Kessel - g
Nini Rosso - rhth g
Michel Gaudry - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr

Recorded at Studio Davout, B, Paris ; June 23 & 24, 1969


Orbyt said...

I absolutely love this session. C'est fantastique! Mille mercis Mel for this upgrade to Flac.

d3lta said...

Superb share, thanks a milllion!

deGallo said...

Thank you for this with the 4 Additional tracks. I really enjoy this.

Rick said...

well, i don't know about this one. barney is one of my favorite guitarists - fantastic chord-melody compositions, exciting solos.
as for grapelli, i've never heard a solo of this that i liked. he always sounds classical, swingy, mechanical.
should i give this one a go, folks? will it persuade me to like grapelli?

val said...

Many thanks for this, I like !!

GreyBeard47 said...

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Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Many thanks Mel.

Anonymous said...

Stupefying swingin! In this crazy, stupid world this one makes me happy. How can anyone doubt Stephane's musicality ? (Rick - hallo?) What a treat. Thanks so much MM!

jose arboleda said...

Thank you.

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Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!