Stéphane Grappelli & McCoy Tyner: I Want To Talk About You


I Want To Talk About You


Stéphane Grappelli (violin) and McCoy Tyner (piano)


Stéphane Grappelli / McCoy Tyner: One on One (Milestone 9181)

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Stéphane Grappelli (violin), McCoy Tyner (piano).

Composed by Billy Eckstine


Recorded: New York, April 18, 1990


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

When one hears another version of this tune, John Coltrane's 1963 emotionally charged interpretation from his Live at Birdland release immediately comes to mind, especially Trane's awe-inspiring one-of-a- kind coda. Grappelli and Tyner (pianist on that Trane masterpiece) approach this performance from a more romantic, less beseeching point of view. At the same relaxed tempo as Coltrane's, Grappelli essays the lilting theme with a semi-sweet vibrato, Tyner offering full-bodied support to the violinist's tender yet fervent variations. Stéphane's cascading solo is similarly both delicate and profound, and McCoy's all-too-brief improv that follows is laden with majestic chords. As Grappelli lingers lovingly on the melody while the track nears its conclusion, you lean forward in hopeful anticipation of a coda from the violinist that, alas, never comes. Grappelli and Tyner first performed together three years prior for a Maryland Public Broadcasting event, and this recorded collaboration between the then 82-year-old young-at-heart violin giant and one of the most influential pianists in jazz history was the fortunate end result.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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