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Afternoon in Paris
Stephane Grappelli
Afternoon in Paris
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Stephane Grappelli
Title: Afternoon in Paris
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Swing Jazz, European Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042282186522

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Elegant Jazz
Rod Saunders | Tulsa, Ok | 05/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"True Grappelli fans know the various phases of Stephane's career. The early years with Django, the post-Django era where Stephane played mostly in hotels and restaurants with jazz combos featuring drums and piano, and the post-1973 era where he gained international recognition playing with guitarists again like Martin Taylor, Diz Dizley, and Mark Fosset sans drums and piano. This album was recorded in 1971 and fits into the second category.

If you're into the "nightclub" Stephane then you'll love this album. It reminds me of the lineup he had during WWII with George Shearing on piano. Marc Hemmeler does a great job on piano assisted by Kenny Clare on drums and Eberhard Weber on upright bass. This is a studio recording as opposed to the live recordings which were so numerous in the post-1973 era, and is therefore a bit more on the polished and structured side. Those of us who love to hear him improvise with wreckless abandon as he tended to do in a live performance can't help but notice that something is missing here, and yet the results are so tasteful you really feel guilty for complaining.

My favorite cut is probably #7 - Manoir De Mes Reves/Daphne which were composed by Django Reinhardt. This is vintage Stephane, starting off with a slow, melodic piano accompaniment that transforms into a swinging tribute to a lady friend of the Hot Club Quintet.

Picture yourself in a smoky jazz club around 1970 with your sophisticated friends soaking in the avant-garde artistry of a musical legend while downing a few cocktails and discussing world events. No music would be more fitting than the contents of this recording."
Elegant and vibrant
Jacek Lazarczyk | Chicago, IL USA | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This music is pure enjoyment. The joyfull afternoon in paris; you can tap your feet while watching people from a sidewalk cafe. This was the first CD by Stephane Grapelli I bought. I knew of him and his association with Django Reinhardt but never explored their music before. Stephane swings, he can be lyrical, witty and full of grace. The sound of his violing just lightens up the room. You might be surprised by bassist Eberhard Weber, if you know him from his later solo ECM efforts, and his solid ability to do the "walking". This music passes every test, whether you listen attentively, feel like dancing or doing the ironing."
Breathtakingly Lovely!
R. Poole-Carter | Houston, Texas | 07/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A beloved friend introduced me to Grappelli's gypsy jazz, and I'm forever indebted. There's music here to fit a multitude of moods--romantic, teasing, playful, sweetly sad, full of longing, joyous . . . It's music I live by. And I've asked my children to play a selection at my funeral--"You Were Only Passing By.""