Stéphane Grappelli

I Hear Music [BMG/RCA]

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The 1987 studio session by Stephane Grappelli featured on I Hear Music has turned up on a number of different labels, typically with errors in the song listings and sometimes omitting a few of the personnel. This 2000 Direct Source release copies one of the song errors, as "Sing Hallelujah" is actually a totally different song, "Hallelujah." The swinging violinist is accompanied by his long-time partners Jon Burr on bass and Marc Fosset on guitar, with drummer Louis Bellson and alto saxophonist Phil Woods (a particularly inspired choice) also along for the ride. The fare consists mostly of time-tested standards familiar to everyone. Woods' humorous quote-filled solo in "You Took Advantage of Me" and his tasty clarinet in "Have You Met Miss Jones" threaten to steal the show, though Grappelli welcomes the inspiration of playing with fellow greats and rises to the challenge. Woods is absent from Grappelli's lush treatment of "It Might as Well Be Spring." The sound is fine on this reissue; perhaps the next label to put out this session will get all the songs listed correctly.

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