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Art Of The Jazz Violin

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Bowing-Bowing
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Golden Green
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Memorial Jam for Stuff Smith
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Violin Summit No. 2
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Valerie
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Blues in the Dungeon
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Skip It
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How High The Moon
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This Can't Be Love
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Sposin'
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Willow Weep for Me
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 71:38

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Fusion meets jazz as Rome burns.....

badbassjd

This is a very curious collection of tunes. The first half is performed by a jazz-rock fusion ensemble (electric bass & keys, drums & Grapelli & Ponty on violins) and has to have been recorded in the early- to mid-70s (Smith passed away in '67). A rare recorded instance of Ponty's mentor Grapelli playing jazz-rock fusion with his protege; rather nicely! Mediocre, somewhat distorted sound quality. The second half of the collection features an acoustic trio (piano, bass & drums) swinging hard behind Grapelli and Stuff Smith, panned left and right and playing their asses off! Somewhat better sound quality than the electric set. Soulful Smith vocal with what sounds like lots of spring reverb on "Sposin". As usual, no musician credits for either rhythm section. Shame on you, Emusic! Well worth downloading for the playing and historical value, if not for the sound quality. (At least it's stereo!)