Stéphane Grappelli

Fascinating Rhythm (Music of the 30's)

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The second meeting between violinists Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin is one of their most successful collaborations. Max Harris contributed arrangements for 13 standards from the 1930s, while the two string players are backed by a sensitive cast of jazz musicians, including pianist Alan Clare, bassist Lennie Bush, drummer Ronnie Verrell, and either Ike Isaacs or Denny Wright on guitar. The two leaders' interwoven solos in "Summertime," the playfulness within "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and the brilliant mix of various musical styles within "Liza" are among the album's many highlights. Once again, Grappelli contributed two originals to feature Menuhin, as the composer switches to playing piano. Even though Menuhin obviously doesn't have the improvising skills of Grappelli, his flawless approach to the violin still works well in a setting that was still relatively new to him at the time.

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