Tribute To Stephane Grappelli CD (2001)

Artist: Didier Lockwood

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Product Overview


Label Dreyfus
SKU 60428027
UPC 764911661124
UPC 14 00764911661124
Format CD
Release Date 7/16/2001
Author Didier Lockwood
Associated Artist/Work Didier Lockwood & Raghunath Man
Associated Artist/Work Escoude, Christian
Associated Artist/Work Lagrene, Bireli
Associated Artist/Work Solal, Martial
Associated Artist/Work UZEB
Technical Info
Producer Didier Lockwood
CatalogID 36611
Lable Name Dreyfus Records (France)
Released 08/08/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00764911661124
Musical Guests
Bireli Lagrene
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Didier Lockwood (violin); Bireli Lagrene (guitar); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (acoustic bass).
Engineers: Franck Seguin, Serge Babkine, Didier Lockwood.
Recorded at Studio De La Foret, France from December 7-9, 1999. Includes liner notes by Didier Lockwood.
Personnel: Didier Lockwood (violin); Bir?li Lagr?ne (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Didier Lockwood.
Recording information: Studio De La Foret (12/07/1999-12/09/1999).
Violinist Didier Lockwood tackled a formidable task by dedicating an entire CD to the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli, who died just shy of his 90th birthday in December, 1997. Although Grappelli's influence on his playing is obvious at times, he is no carbon copy. He generally has a darker tone and doesn't use nearly as many up-tempo runs. With two brilliant partners, bassist Niels Pedersen (who worked with Grappelli on a few dates) and guitarist Birelli Lagrene, Lockwood does a credible job. The opener is an obscure Grappelli original, "Les Valseuses," a gentle swinger that opens with Lockwood playing pizzicato, not something one immediately associates with Grappelli. The leader contributed two originals, the easygoing "Barbizon Blues" and a light samba, "The Kid." His high-pitched opening to "Someday My Prince Will Come" is more reminiscent of Jean-Luc Ponty in the early '70s, while "Beautiful Love" features the intricate interplay of the trio. Sonny Rollins' "Pent-Up House" was a favortie of Grappelli's, and this lively bop vehicle features brilliant solos by Pedersen and Lagrene as well as the leader. Lockwood captures the spirit of Grappelli beautifully in his rendition of "My One and Only Love" while retaining his own sound. There's also material dating from the beginning of Grappelli's career that he continued to play to the end of his life. The sensual ballad "Nuages," the plucky "Minor Swing," and the somewhat dark "Tears" all come from the period of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which he co-led with the equally brilliant guitarist Django Reinhardt. This recording will also hold up well when compared to the late violin master's own versions. Recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
Disc 1
1 Les Valseuses
2 I Got Rhythm
3 Nuages
4 Barbizon Blues
5 All The Things You Are
6 My One And Only Love
7 Kid, The
8 Someday My Prince Will Come
9 Minor Swing
10 Misty
11 Pent-Up House
12 Tears
13 In A Sentimental Mood
14 Beautiful Love
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