Storyville Records

Grappelli, Stephane

Stéphane Grappelli (26 January 1908 – 1 December 1997) was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called "the grandfather of jazz violinists" and continued playing concerts around the world well into his 80s. For the first three decades of his career, he was billed using a gallicised spelling of his last name, Grappelly, reverting to "Grappelli" in 1969. The latter, Italian, spelling is now used almost universally when referring to the violinist – even on reissues of his early work.

Recordings

Stephane Grappelli: Live In San Francisco

Grappelli's playing in this album is better than ever, and the trio accompanying him is arguably his best group since the faraway days with guitar-legend Django Reinhardt. The band had been playing for over two years at the time of this recording, which is the only recording ever, made of this group. Each man is a virtuoso on his instrument - as evidenced by his various solos on this album. It is the intimate knowledge of the musicality of one for the other; born from countless concert dates that forms the basis of their jazz improvisation. Listening to this album will simply make you feel happy. It is great jazz all the way!