When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Friday, July 26, 2013

Stephane Grappelli plays Cole Porter

 The violin may be my favorite non-traditional jazz instrument and it is very cool to see Cole get the treatment from a monster like Grappelli.
 These are a couple of sessions recorded in Paris in the mid 70's, part of a series of Grappelli sessions under the Jazz In Paris umbrella.
  Enjoyable reworkings of many of the standards but included are a couple of rarities.
Once again I am digging this on the back stoop, warm evening, stars over the mountains. All is a-ok in the world and Cole Porter rules it.

1. It's all right with me
2. You're the top
3. Anything goes
4. In the still of the night
5. You've Got a thing
6. Miss Otis regrets
7. I've got you under my skin
8. Love for sale
9. Easy to love
10. You'd be so nice to come home to
11. Let's do it, let's fall in love
12. My heart belongs to daddy

Stephane Grappelli - violin
Marc Hemmler - piano (1, 7)
Maurice Vander - piano
Eddy Louiss - organ
Luigi Trussardi - bass (1, 3, 5, 7, 8)
Guy Perderson - bass
Jimmy Gourley - guitar
Daniel Humair - drums

recorded May 1975 - 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
recorded Feb 1976 - 2, 4, 6, 9-12

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July - Prez!!

As I mentioned recently, I have been on a bit of a Lester Young kick. Have ya ever read an interview with him?. He was the ultimate hipster. I wanna be as laid back as Prez..

Here's a short set recorded a mere 60 years ago today!!

1. Up 'N Adam
2. I Can't Get Started
3. Lester Leaps In

Lester Young Band

Lester Young - ts
Jesse Drakes - trp
Horace Silver - piano
Gene Ramey - bas
Connie Kay - drums

Birdland - NYC  7/4/53