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Stéphane Grappelli: Live in San Francisco

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Although it does not say it anywhere, 11 of the 16 selections on this 1998 Storyville CD were originally on an LP put out 15 years earlier by the now defunct Black-Hawk label. For this fairly typical concert which does not have many surprises but is filled with plenty of joyful swing, Grappelli is teamed with guitarists Martin Taylor and Diz Disley plus bassist Jack Sewing. Most of the songs are swing standards, including "I Got Rhythm," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Them There Eyes." Grappelli switches to piano for brief versions of "Tea for Two" and "Danny Boy" and there are a couple departures ("You are the Sunshine of My Life" and the Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere"). The closing "Sweet Georgia Brown" finds four guests (David Grisman and Mike Marshall on mandolins, violinist Darol Anger and bassist Rob Wasserman) joining the group for some rollicking swing. ~ Scott Yanow


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