Stéphane Grappelli: Night and Day


Night and Day



Live at the Blue Note (Telarc 83397)

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Stéphane Grappelli (violin), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar),

Jon Burr (bass)


Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: live at the Blue Note, New York, October 9-11, 1995


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Although a number of Stéphane Grappelli CDs were released after his death in 1997, the music on most, if not all, predated this 1995 live recording. On this track, Grappelli begins with the verse in a pensive manner and then subtly embellishes the familiar melody, enhancing it with aptly placed upper-register asides. Burr's aggressive, resonant basslines are in stark contrast to Pizzarelli's laid-back rhythm guitar. Bucky solos next in his inimitable style, strummed passages mixing with delicately picked phrases and rich chords. He and Stéphane then improvise in tandem, weaving their enticing lines to a dramatically descending resolution that elicits a burst of applause. Grappelli ends the piece much as he started, softening his attack as he comes to a clever, yet unexpected conclusion utilizing just a small segment of the theme. Even at age 87, Grappelli was still an undiminished master of the jazz violin.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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  • 1 Fran McIntyre // Apr 18, 2008 at 04:34 AM
    Grappelli can make his instrument moan and sing at the same time. He was one of the Master's that made people play their best and don't have second thought concerning a chord. Play it, HIT IT AND LEAVE IT AND KEEP ON PLAYING THE MUSIC. His "TUNES WILL LIVE" & inspire for forever...