Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt (Disc 2)
Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France featuring Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli
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One of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings, this live session (a straight CD reissue of the original LP) teams the veteran violinist with mandolist David Grisman's band, an ensemble that (in addition to its leader) boasts hot solos from Mike Marshall on violin, guitarist Mark O'Connor (who switches to violin to battle Grappelli on a memorable "Tiger Rag"), and bassist Rob Wasserman. The first two songs ("Shine" and "Pent-Up House") are taken at breakneck tempos and then, after the group tries to cool off on "Misty," they really burn on "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Tiger Rag." Essential music with more than its share of great solos.
Born: 23 January 1910 in Liberchies, Belgium
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s