Stéphane Grappelli: Blues for Django and Stéphane


Blues for Django and Stéphane


Stéphane Grappelli (violin, piano)


Young Django (Universal 5301)

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Stéphane Grappelli (violin, piano), Philip Catherine (guitar), Larry Coryell (guitar), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass).

Composed by Larry Coryell


Recorded: Stuttgart, West Germany, January 19-21, 1979


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

This is a priceless example of Stéphane Grappelli's inspiring interaction with younger musicians, who were always floored by his vitality and skill. This session not only tried to channel the spirit of Django Reinhardt, but on this track Larry Coryell's infectious Texas-style guitar evokes Charlie Christian, and Grappelli surprises us with a deftly executed piano solo ranging from stride to barrelhouse with stops in between. Grappelli also contributes a concise, blues-drenched violin solo that contains highly expressive upper- register explorations. The two guitarists' prancing blues riff, which both opens and closes the piece, also adds to the success of this memorable track.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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