Stéphane Grappelli

Stephane Grappelli/Bill Coleman

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Bill Coleman, a fine swing trumpeter, settled in France in the 1930s and, other than during World War II, remained overseas for the remainder of his life. Somewhat underrated in jazz history books, he had a distinctive sound of his own. Coleman's musical reunion with violinist Stephane Grappelli (they had recorded together 35 years earlier) is a celebratory occasion, with spirited versions of nine standards resulting from their long-overdue joint recording. Not yet out on CD, this LP is well worth searching for.