STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI

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One of the all-time great jazz violinists (ranking with Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith as one of the big three of pre-bop), Stéphane Grappelli's longevity and consistently enthusiastic playing did a great deal to establish the violin as a jazz instrument. He was originally self-taught as both a violinist and a pianist, although during 1924-28 he studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Grappelli played in movie theaters and dance bands before meeting guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1933. They hit it off musically from the start even though their lifestyles (Grappelli was sophisticated while Django was a gypsy) were very different. Together as Quintet of the Hot Club of France (comprised of violin, three acoustic guitars and bass) during 1933-39 they produced a sensational series of recordings and performances. During a London engagement in 1939, World War II broke out. Reinhardt rashly decided to return to France but Grappelli stayed in England, read more...
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STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelly And His Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelly And His Quintet
Swing 1956
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Jazz in Paris: Improvisations album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Jazz in Paris: Improvisations
Swing 1957
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Feeling + Finesse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feeling + Finesse
Swing 1962
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelly Joue George Gershwin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelly Joue George Gershwin
Swing 1962
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Two Of A Kind (with Svend Asmussen) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Of A Kind (with Svend Asmussen)
Swing 1968
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli / Barney Kessel : I Remember Django album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli / Barney Kessel : I Remember Django
Swing 1969
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Le toit de Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le toit de Paris
Swing 1969
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelly & Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelly & Friends
Swing 1970
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI I Hear Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Hear Music
Swing 1971
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1971
Swing 1971
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Afternoon in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afternoon in Paris
Swing 1971
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Hommage A Django Reinhardt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hommage A Django Reinhardt
Swing 1972
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Manoir De Mes Rêves - Nuages - Clopin Clopant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manoir De Mes Rêves - Nuages - Clopin Clopant
Swing 1972
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI 1973 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1973
Swing 1973
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI The Magic Of Stephane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Magic Of Stephane Grappelli
Swing 1973
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli Quintet Featuring Bill Coleman : Les Grands Classiques Du Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli Quintet Featuring Bill Coleman : Les Grands Classiques Du Jazz
Swing 1973
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli Joue George Gershwin Et Cole Porter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli Joue George Gershwin Et Cole Porter
Swing 1974
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Hommage À Django Reinhardt Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hommage À Django Reinhardt Volume 2
Swing 1974
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Les Valseuses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Valseuses
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Satin Doll album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Satin Doll
Swing 1974
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Meets The Rhythm Section album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meets The Rhythm Section
Swing 1975
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Steff And Slam (aka I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 43) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steff And Slam (aka I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 43)
Swing 1975
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Violinspiration (aka Shades Of Django) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Violinspiration (aka Shades Of Django)
Swing 1975
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI The Talk Of The Town album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Talk Of The Town
Swing 1975
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli / Baden Powell : La Grande Reunion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli / Baden Powell : La Grande Reunion
Latin Jazz 1975
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Django (aka Stephane Grappelli aka New Jazz Collection aka The Very Best of Stéphane Grappelli) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Django (aka Stephane Grappelli aka New Jazz Collection aka The Very Best of Stéphane Grappelli)
Swing 1976
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli & Earl Hines ‎: The Giants album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli & Earl Hines ‎: The Giants
Swing 1977
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Tiger Rag Revisited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tiger Rag Revisited
Swing 1977
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI And His American All Stars 1978 (aka Sweet Chorus) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And His American All Stars 1978 (aka Sweet Chorus)
Swing 1978
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Uptown Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Uptown Dance
Fusion 1978
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Golden Hour Of Stephane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Hour Of Stephane Grappelli
Swing 1978
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI + Cordes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
+ Cordes
Swing 1978
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli, Bucky Pizzarelli ‎: Duet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli, Bucky Pizzarelli ‎: Duet
Swing 1979
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Young Django album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Young Django
Swing 1979
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli & Hank Jones ‎: London Meeting (aka A Two-Fer) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli & Hank Jones ‎: London Meeting (aka A Two-Fer)
Swing 1979
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Venupelli Blues (with Joe Venuti) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Venupelli Blues (with Joe Venuti)
Swing 1980
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli '80 (aka Aquarius) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli '80 (aka Aquarius)
Swing 1980
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Tribute To album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute To
Swing 1980
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Vintage 1981 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vintage 1981
Swing 1981
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI At The Winery album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Winery
Swing 1981
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli & Martin Taylor ‎: We've Got The World On A String album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli & Martin Taylor ‎: We've Got The World On A String
Swing 1982
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephanova album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephanova
Swing 1983
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli / Marc Fosset ‎: Looking At You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli / Marc Fosset ‎: Looking At You
Swing 1984
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Joue George Gershwin Et Cole Porter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joue George Gershwin Et Cole Porter
Swing 1984
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Fascinating Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fascinating Rhythm
Swing 1985
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli , Vassar Clements ‎: Together At Last album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli , Vassar Clements ‎: Together At Last
Swing 1987
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli Plays Jerome Kern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli Plays Jerome Kern
Swing 1987
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI All Of Me - Enregistrements 88 (aka The Sound Of Jazz - Stephane Grappelli aka Star Eyes aka Love Song aka 10 Reflective Recordings) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Of Me - Enregistrements 88 (aka The Sound Of Jazz - Stephane Grappelli aka Star Eyes aka Love Song aka 10 Reflective Recordings)
Swing 1988
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Just One Of Those Things album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just One Of Those Things
Swing 1988
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stardust album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Stardust
Swing 1988
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli & Yo-Yo Ma : Anything Goes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli & Yo-Yo Ma : Anything Goes
Swing 1989
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI My Other Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Other Love
Swing 1990
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli / McCoy Tyner : One On One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli / McCoy Tyner : One On One
Hard Bop 1990
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Milou En Mai (Bande Originale Du Film) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Milou En Mai (Bande Originale Du Film)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1990
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli - Barney Kessel ‎: Limehouse Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli - Barney Kessel ‎: Limehouse Blues
Swing 1991
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI In Tokyo (Archet Virtuose Cordes Magiques) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Tokyo (Archet Virtuose Cordes Magiques)
Swing 1991
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI So Easy To Remember album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
So Easy To Remember
Swing 1993
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli & Toots Thielemans : Bringing It Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli & Toots Thielemans : Bringing It Together
Swing 1995
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Flamingo album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Flamingo
Swing 1996

STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI EPs & splits

STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI live albums

STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli 1972 Recorded Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli 1972 Recorded Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall London
Swing 1972
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Just One of Those Things: Recorded Live at the Montreux Festival (aka In Concert) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just One of Those Things: Recorded Live at the Montreux Festival (aka In Concert)
Swing 1973
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli With The Hot Club Of London : I Got Rhythm! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli With The Hot Club Of London : I Got Rhythm!
Swing 1974
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli And The Diz Disley Trio ‎: On The Road album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli And The Diz Disley Trio ‎: On The Road
Swing 1975
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli With The Diz Disley Trio ‎: As Time Goes By album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli With The Diz Disley Trio ‎: As Time Goes By
Swing 1979
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stéphane Grappelli + Joe Pass + Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen : Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Stéphane Grappelli + Joe Pass + Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen : Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
Swing 1980
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Live (with David Grisman) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live (with David Grisman)
Swing 1981
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Live at Carnegie Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Carnegie Hall
Swing 1983
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Anniversary Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anniversary Concert
Swing 1984
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli , Stuff Smith ‎: Violins No End album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli , Stuff Smith ‎: Violins No End
Swing 1984
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Live In San Francisco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In San Francisco
Swing 1986
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI En Concert Avec Martial Solal ‎– Olympia 1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
En Concert Avec Martial Solal ‎– Olympia 1988
Swing 1988
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli & McCoy Tyner : Live At The Operetka House In Warsaw album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli & McCoy Tyner : Live At The Operetka House In Warsaw
Swing 1991
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli in Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli in Tokyo
Swing 1991
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI 85 and Still Swinging… album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
85 and Still Swinging…
Swing 1993
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Live 1992 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 1992
Swing 1993
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Live at the Blue Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Blue Note
Swing 1996

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STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI re-issues & compilations

STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI I Hear Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Hear Music
Swing 1970
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli With Bill Coleman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli With Bill Coleman
Swing 1976
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Satin Doll Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Satin Doll Vol.1
Swing 1986
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Parisian Thoroughfare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Parisian Thoroughfare
Swing 1989
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Compact Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compact Jazz
Swing 1990
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI The Chronological Classics: Stéphane Grappelli 1935-1940 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Stéphane Grappelli 1935-1940
Swing 1993
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Verve Jazz Masters 11 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 11
Swing 1994
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI The Chronological Classics: Stéphane Grappelly 1941-1943 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Stéphane Grappelly 1941-1943
Swing 1994
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Grappelli Story album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grappelli Story
Swing 1994
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI A Portrait of Stéphane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Portrait of Stéphane Grappelli
Swing 1995
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Le Meilleur de Stéphane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Meilleur de Stéphane Grappelli
Swing 1996
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Fit as a Fiddle 1933-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fit as a Fiddle 1933-1947
Swing 1998
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Priceless Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Priceless Jazz
Swing 1998
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Jazz Classics: Stephane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Classics: Stephane Grappelli
Swing 1998
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Planet Jazz: Stéphane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Planet Jazz: Stéphane Grappelli
Swing 1999
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Stephane Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephane Grappelli
Swing 1999
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Warsaw Jazz Jamboree album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warsaw Jazz Jamboree
Swing 2000
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Jazz indispensable album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz indispensable
Swing 2001
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Jazz in Paris: Stéphane Grappelli Plays Cole Porter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz in Paris: Stéphane Grappelli Plays Cole Porter
Swing 2002
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Jazz in Paris: Django album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz in Paris: Django
Swing 2003
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Grappelli Plays Grappelli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grappelli Plays Grappelli
Swing 2003
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI A Froggy Plays in London Town album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Froggy Plays in London Town
Swing 2004
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI I Got Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Got Rhythm
Swing 2005
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Tribute to Django Reinhardt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to Django Reinhardt
Swing 2009
STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI The Violin & The Piano Player album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Violin & The Piano Player
Swing 2010

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STÉPHANE GRAPPELLI Jazz in Paris: Improvisations

Album · 1957 · Swing
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Jazz is the bleu cheese of popular music. It's robust, complex, sophisticated, and, as any good cheese, often smells like a dead man's feet. When you're talking jazz violin, the line between sweet & sour is thin; no frets or classical positions to rely on and four delicate strings so responsive and elastic it's a miracle a few straight notes are ever voiced. Plus you're improvising. It's like dancing in a swamp, and you better be damn good.

And Stéphane Grappelli was all kinds of good. More importantly, he was brave, and understood not just trad jazz but the art of spontaneity. He'd learned it the hard way busking in France, swinging and bopping his way to the top, paying his dues, and becoming one of the finest stringmen in the world. Some think of Grappelli as "gypsy music", though he is nothing of the sort. This is one of his earliest records proper as a solo artist (a sort of comeback for him after a dry spell) backed-up by the smokin' trio of piano great Mo Vander, double-bassist Pierre Michelot, and Baptiste Reilles' skins. The 1956 issue consists largely of standards, and Sinatra never did 'Lady is a Tramp' like this.

As a young jazz listener, I wasn't much partial to standards. I found them, well, boring. But here the beauty and possibilities of a quality tune is abundantly clear, the opportunity to to alter, even destroy and rebuild a good ditty, never more glorious. Grappelli's bluenotes curl around melodies and pull them into malleable phrases of giddy delight and musical wonder, as on 'Fascinatin Rhythm' with its sudden modulations and stuttering pace. Contemplative and slightly sad 'Dans la Vie', lively 'Cheek to Cheek', tightly-swung 'Taking a Chance on Love' with Grappelli all over the neck and Mo Vander starting to come out.

For '56 this is a lovely recording, levels for 'S'Wonderful' spot-on and Baptiste Reilles showing why he was considered the best brusher in the business. More Gershwin Bros. with 'Someone to Watch Over Me' sporting a misplaced harpsichord, bright-eyed and bushytailed 'If I Had You', sublime ruminations of 'Body and Soul' and frantic whirling of 'I Want to be Happy' where these boys just let it go. Utterly heartsick 'Shes Funny That Way' takes us along with two lovers walking & shopping in Paris, and 'Time After Time' allows us to peek into their intimacy later that night.

The historic session wraps with a hot-bop treatment of Cole Porter's 'Just One of Those Things' and a few alternate takes. If you're ready for Grappelli and what is possible from a good jazz violinist, he's ready for you and always will be-- hanging in time, waiting patiently for you to discover his elegant magic.

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