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Stephane Grappelli: FEELING + FINESSE = JAZZ (Atlantic), marvelous album recorded in '62, includes Pierre Cavalli (elec guitar), Leo Petit (guitar), Guy Pedersen (bass) and Daniel Humair (drums). Grappelli sounds quite modern in this context, a great musician. BTW, his name is spelled "Grappelly" on the cover. The "i" ending is correct, n'est ce pas?

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Le Jazz en France, Volume 1: Paris 1919-1923; Premiers Jazz Bands (EMI) An interesting anthology. The French bands (going back to 1919) sound about five years behind American developments - which is understandable, considering what had been going on in Europe. The visiting Americans are hipper. Mitchell's Jazz Kings sound pretty good for 1921/22; not compared to New Orleans bands, but good in a New York/Johnny Dunn kind of way. And there are three 1923 tracks by Billy Arnold's Novelty Jazz Band which compare favorably to what Fletcher Henderson was doing at the time.

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Stephane Grappelli: FEELING + FINESSE = JAZZ (Atlantic), marvelous album recorded in '62, includes Pierre Cavalli (elec guitar), Leo Petit (guitar), Guy Pedersen (bass) and Daniel Humair (drums). Grappelli sounds quite modern in this context, a great musician. BTW, his name is spelled "Grappelly" on the cover. The "i" ending is correct, n'est ce pas?

I'll have to check this out. I have an Atlantic sampler which includes "Daphne" and it's wonderful.

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Le Jazz en France, Volume 1: Paris 1919-1923; Premiers Jazz Bands (EMI) An interesting anthology. The French bands (going back to 1919) sound about five years behind American developments - which is understandable, considering what had been going on in Europe. The visiting Americans are hipper. Mitchell's Jazz Kings sound pretty good for 1921/22; not compared to New Orleans bands, but good in a New York/Johnny Dunn kind of way. And there are three 1923 tracks by Billy Arnold's Novelty Jazz Band which compare favorably to what Fletcher Henderson was doing at the time.

Tonight: Volume 2: Black Bands in Paris 1929-1930. This one has two good tracks by Eddie South and a couple of interesting poetry-with-jazz tracks (the first ever?) by Jean Cocteau that made me wish I spoke French. But most of the album is taken up by Sam Wooding, whose music is a maddening mixture of quality jazz, bizarre vocals, bad songs ("I Lift Up My Finger and Say 'Tweet Tweet'"), and lame arrangements. He's got some good soloists, though - Doc Cheatham, Albert Wynn, and Gene Sedric.

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Duke Ellington - Concerts in Canada (Ellington '87) Side one is from Stratford, 1956; side two (which I listened to tonight) is from Winnipeg, May, 1973 - one of Ellington's last recorded performances. I wish Ellington had made more use of Johnny Coles during the 70s, but Coles was always featured on "How High the Moon," and there's a nice version here. The high point is probably a really good version of "La Plus Belle Africaine," the great latter-day Harry Carney feature.

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Shirley Scott/Stanley Turrentine--Soul Shoutin' (Prestige, blue label)

The Gerry Mulligan Song Book, Volume 1 (World Pacific)

Eric Kloss--Grits 'N Gravy (Prestige, blue label)

That's a cool Eric Kloss LP. I'll have to dig that out.

Yes, indeed, on the majority of the tracks, backed Jaki Byard, Richard Davis and Alan Dawson.

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1) "Dig Him!" Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt on Argo.

2) LP I found on Everest credited to Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw. It's titled "Jazz Patterns" No date or info other than the players: George Cables, Ron McClure and Lenny White.

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