Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith – Violins No End

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“Since Joe Venuti was in the middle of a long off-period, this CD reissue features arguably the two top jazz violinists of the 1950s: Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith. Joined by pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jo Jones, the two masterful violinists share four songs (“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Chapeau Blues,” “No Points Today” and “The Lady Is a Tramp”) in a fine studio session that contrasts the styles of the fairly complementary fiddlers. In addition, although this set has been reissued under Grappelli’s name, there are three songs from a Paris concert that took place the same day without Stephane. Stuff sounds in peak form on his “Desert Sands,” “How High the Moon” and “Moonlight In Vermont.” This fun set is easily recommended.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
1 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Russell, Ellington) 9:30
2 Chapeau Blues (Peterson, Smith, Grappelli) 7:37
3 No Points Today (Peterson, Smith, Grappelli) 5:15
4 The Lady Is A Tramp (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) 6:52
5 Desert Sands (Leroy (Stuff) Smith) 7:07
6 How High The Moon (William Lewis, Nancy Hamilton) 5:07
7 Moonlight In Vermont (John Blackburn, Karl Suesdorf) 4:27

Ray Brown – bass
Jo Jones – drums
Herb Ellis – guitar
Oscar Peterson – piano
Oscar Peterson* (tracks: 1 to 4) – violin


Label: Original Jazz Classics ‎– OJCCD-890-2, Pablo Records ‎– 2310-907
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1996
Recorded: Barclay Studios, Paris, France, May 1957 and
in Concert at Salle Pleyel, Paris, France