Stéphane Grappelli

1941-1943

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This Classics CD reissues some very rare recordings made by violinist Stephane Grappelli: all of his performances as a leader during a difficult three-year period. The violinist had decided to stay in England during World War II (when Django Reinhardt returned to France) and soon had a new group featuring the young pianist George Shearing. This CD has seven sessions with quartets and quintets along with one featuring a larger group that includes other strings and a harp. Although there are vocals on eight of the numbers (by Beryl Davis and Dave Fullerton), the swinging performances and the rarity of the recordings easily compensate.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:32
2 2:31
3 2:28
4 3:15
5 2:53
6 3:10
7 3:16
8 3:18
9 2:42
10 2:51
11 3:02
12 3:21
13 3:26
14 3:22
15
3:02
16 3:16
17 3:04
18 3:00
19 3:21
20
3:02
21 3:27
22 3:09
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