Stéphane Grappelli

Musique Pour Arreter Le Temps

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Stephane Grappelli made many great records throughout his long career, though the Verve LP Musique Pour Arreter le Temps from the mid-'50s is not one of his more memorable releases. The violinist seems to be in a rather reserved mood during most of the 14 tracks as he is accompanied by conductor Jo Boyer's rather sleepy arrangements for string orchestra. The music is a mix of standards from the Great American Songbook, French favorites, and his former partner's beautiful ballad "Nuages," which is strangely credited to Impressionist composer Claude Debussy on the record label. It is difficult to categorize this album as a jazz recording, as it sounds more like an easy listening date. Issued on a number of different labels, beginning with Barclay, this long unavailable LP won't be particularly easy to track down for dedicated fans of Grappelli.