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Jazz Record : Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli Quartet – Vol 2

This album was my intro to both these great musicians. After being turned onto the violin in some of my other music I stumbled onto Stephane Grappelli’s playing. I cant remember where. I first heard Oscar Peterson through a friend’s brother who was a jazz pianist and an Oscar disciple. So I figured this record would be a good bet. I was right.

The album started a love a fair with both of them. My jazz (music) world was expanding and this was added to it with open arms. I’ve used the term “The music chose me”, well this is a case in point. From the opening cut ‘Won’t Dance’ and through the five other tunes, it was ear candy. Both musicians have a touch and a sound that just moves me. It puts me in a good mood. One of the reasons I think that is, is because these guys enjoy playing. The support from Kenny Clarke (drums) and Niels H O Pedersen(bass) is perfect and they share the spotlight on the record. Kenny Clarke is another one of the best.

Side two has ‘Blues For Musidisc’ and it’s classic blues and does it cook. This kind of music moves me to the core. All four musicians nail it with Grappelli and Oscar showing why they are two of the very best. CB will can the talk and just say I have Oscar and Stephane all over my music pile and have been a life long fan. This record was the start of that. This album is so good. See if it takes you like it did me. You really can’t go wrong with any of their stuff. Good French Canadian music.

Thing about this kind of music, it just takes you away from the world for a while.

“Won’t dance, don’t ask me”. Unless Oscar and Stéphane are playing.

54 comments on “Jazz Record : Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli Quartet – Vol 2

  1. christiansmusicmusings
    June 6, 2021

    Wow, I have to say I’m surprised how well the combination of the violin and the piano work here. Obviously, piano in jazz is pretty common, but I guess the violin is more of an exception. I oftentimes find it fascinating when instruments are used in a less conventional way.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 6, 2021

      You’re up late but thanks for dropping by. Yeah it’s a winner combination. Both these guys were masters at their instruments. If you get into Stephane he goes way back with Django. Such good listening Christian. It will fit in with that jazz bone you’re feeding. This music just puts me in such a great frame of mind.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        June 6, 2021

        Thanks, CB. Yeah, I can be a night owl, especially when it comes to music.

        I found the album in my streaming music provider’s library and have been listening to it. I like it!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 6, 2021

        Very cool. It swings especially the ‘Blues For Musidisc’. Thanks for tuning in. Ill be over later in the week.

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  2. CB, great choice! Love OP! One of the best for sure, I will look for these videos because I cannot open the link you posted. All the best,
    Cheers,
    FBC.

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  3. deKE
    June 6, 2021

    That’s cool you can shift gears musically and go outside the box CB.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    June 6, 2021

    CB, I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Oscar Peterson. His playing doesn’t grab me. I feel the same about Brubeck. I know I’m in the minority about that.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 6, 2021

      I have a friend who feels the same way you do about Oscar. He has so many sides. I always preferred him in an ensemble setting, Kessel, Getz, Pass, Brown etc. And of course this stuff with SP. His solo outings have grown on me over time. Your ear is your guide Neil. I get it.

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  5. Jim S.
    June 7, 2021

    Grappelli came my way via Django. I asked my jazz teacher about Django. He said he’s great but he’s not jazz. I found that off. Great shoutouts in your comment about Kessel, Pass, two of the guitar greats. Anyway, I’ll give this one a spin tomorrow.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 7, 2021

      Some people are a little off is right. Herb Ellis is another one of those guitarists Doc. talk later. Thanks

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  6. hotfox63
    June 7, 2021

    Old school and charming jazz. Grappelli and Peterson can do no wrong.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 7, 2021

      “Charming” is a good word. Class and love of playing might be included.

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      • hotfox63
        June 7, 2021

        There is something light and exhilarating about Grappelli’s music. I also like collaboration between him and Earl Hines.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 7, 2021

        Yes I agree. Grappeli got around. His stuff with David Grisman is also good. I went on to find so many other good violin players in the music we like. I have a Hines/Joe Venuti album that is cool.

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      • hotfox63
        June 7, 2021

        I also like this early gypsy swing stuff from Grappelli with Django Reinhardt. Yep, Grappelli got around, he had successes and grew old, Django never got established in the states and died at the age of 43.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 7, 2021

        I love the Django Stephane music. I found that sound in the Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks music.

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      • hotfox63
        June 8, 2021

        Interesting bow from french gypsy swing to american jazz, folk and country. Fiddle old time parlor music can be found in some european cultures.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 8, 2021

        Its all connected somehow Fox

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  7. keepsmealive
    June 7, 2021

    CB you are right in my wheelhouse here

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  8. J.
    June 7, 2021

    This is new to me, man – I heard of Grappelli through the Django stuff… which is somewhat different (is that what they call folk jazz?). Anyhoo, this is pretty ace.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 7, 2021

      Im not good with labels J, maybe jazz swing. No matter what we call it, I like it. It’s top notch playing in my books and makes me feel good.

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      • J.
        June 7, 2021

        That’s the main thing, eh?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 7, 2021

        Fox was commenting on another combo with Grappeli and Earl Hines. After I got into this stuff and a new musical world opened up I found a cool album with Earl Hines and Joe Venuti (violin) called ‘Hot Sonatas’. It was on an obscure label and it was like finding a treasure. I know you love collecting vinyl so you would appreciate my fondness for it. Plus its really good listening. Two old jazz guys just having fun.

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      • J.
        June 8, 2021

        Sounds like another good one to add to my list, CB!

        (Still working on that take, CB… I haven’t forgotten).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 8, 2021

        No rush J. When you do pull the trigger Ill hold off posting anything. We want the focus on BS. Really looking forward to what you come up with.
        Fox and I are putting together a little Zappa thing in the meantime. A short snapper. He knew about our previous collab and I told him we had another in the bag. Cool to be talking music with nice folks.

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  9. Tony
    June 8, 2021

    This has ticked a lot of boxes for me. I’m gonna need to slip some headphones on and spend some alone time with this one

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  10. EclecticMusicLover
    June 8, 2021

    Good stuff CB! Grappelli’s jazzy violin adds a wonderful textural element to Peterson’s nimble piano work.

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  11. 1dancequeendq
    June 9, 2021

    Probably no surprise to you from listening to my show – I love them both. 🎶🎹🎻

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  12. 1537
    June 10, 2021

    New stuff for me CB, although I have been expanding my jazz knowledge massively (thanks to a good friend at work) recently.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 10, 2021

      I get locked into this stuff. Seems to me that 1537 already has a pretty solid base in jazzland.

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      • 1537
        June 10, 2021

        I know the big guys but my mate is obsessed with Blue Note records and that’s what I’ve been exploring.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 10, 2021

        Blue Note is a big chunk by itself. Kenny Burrell ‘Midnight Blue” Why? Because Ive been listening to it, Its Blue Note and I think you’d dig it.

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  13. BuriedOnMars
    June 17, 2021

    I have both videos saved for later. I’ll give them a spin tomorrow as I work off my Friday.

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  14. badfinger20 (Max)
    June 20, 2021

    CB…all I needed to hear was that intro on the first track and he had me. On the second one…I can honestly say…I’ve never heard a violin used like that…in some parts he sounds like lead violin…that….is cool

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 20, 2021

      Max Im all over this kind of music. Grappeli is so cool. I have a whole bag of this kind of stuff. You being a musician will pick up how much these guys like playing together. Puts me in a good mood. Glad you liked it.
      “Cant dance dont ask me ..”

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 20, 2021

        It’s so facsinating on how he used the violin…I did a double take and kept listening to it all over again.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 20, 2021

        Im no expert Max but I think he’s a bit of a master at this. He’s one of those musicians that never fails to make me pay attention. His teaming up with Oscar was pretty awesome. They make it sound easy.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 20, 2021

        It’s the same as the Mahavishnu Orchestra…I’m listening to now…I’m wow’d….you have picked some great musicians… They do make it sound easy…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 20, 2021

        It’s funny how that works. Once I started getting into the violin my music world expanded. Jerry Goodman kills it with Mahavishnu. Mac and him go toe to toe. I think the first “CBs Fave Solos” was Sid Paige on I scare Myself by Dan Hicks. That cut sends me into music la la land.
        If you get a chance slip over to Francisco’s place and drop him a line. Im sure he’d appreciate it. He’s a cool guy. Lives in Spain.
        Oh yeah, how about Rick Grech in Blind faith ‘Sea Of Joy’

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 20, 2021

        I will go over there man…
        I love that solo he does in that…I don’t get why people don’t talk about him more? Before blogging I knew his name and who he played with but that was about it.
        Have you ever tried to play one? NOT easy…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 20, 2021

        I dont have a musical bone in my body. My ear does the choosing for me. I have an old violin around. It was my uncles. I can scape the bow over the strings but it’s a bad sound, believe me.

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