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In Full Swing
Mark O'Connor, Hot Swing Trio, Wynton Marsalis
In Full Swing
Genres: Country, Jazz, Pop, Classical
 
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In Full Swing is Mark O'Connor's tribute to Stephane Grappelli, the musician he describes as "my biggest violin hero." His band, the Hot Swing Trio, features bassist Jon Burr, who toured with Grappelli for years, and guita...  more »

     
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All Artists: Mark O'Connor, Hot Swing Trio, Wynton Marsalis, Jane Monheit
Title: In Full Swing
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Label: Sony
Release Date: 1/14/2003
Genres: Country, Jazz, Pop, Classical
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 696998788022

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In Full Swing is Mark O'Connor's tribute to Stephane Grappelli, the musician he describes as "my biggest violin hero." His band, the Hot Swing Trio, features bassist Jon Burr, who toured with Grappelli for years, and guitarist Frank Vignola, one of the finest American players in the Django Reinhardt tradition. Even though the selections include standards that Grappelli played during the 1930s with Reinhardt (such as "Lime House Blues" and "Honeysuckle Rose"), the music is far more than just a nostalgic recreation of the famous Hot Club sound. Instead, O'Connor and his bandmates have filtered musical elements from the past through a contemporary rhythmic and harmonic sensibility to come up with a style that sounds both timely and timeless. The trio is joined on a few tracks by singer Jane Monheit, who delivers a particularly moving rendition of "As Time Goes By," and by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who plays a delightfully abstract duet with O'Connor on the intro to "Tiger Rag." All of the musicians here are at the top of their game, but O'Connor's playing, which blends his formidable technique with deep emotion, is particularly fine. Stephane would be proud. --Michael Simmons

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Captivating bluegrass jazz mix (bluegrazz?)
Southern Man | Raleigh, NC | 02/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was not familiar with Mark O'Connor's work so it was quite a thrill when "Heading North" came roaring out of my speakers. What's wonderful about this CD is that it pays debt to Reinhardt and Grapelli while offering something new as well. There's a definite blueglass flavor to this session, creating a sort of "bluegrazz" if you will. The ensemble playing is technically excellent and, more importantly, a joy to listen to. Of the four tunes done with Jane Monheit, two are terrific, but the torch ballads "Misty" and "As Time Goes By" seem out of place here. They are fine (though not excellent) renditions that detract somewhat from the overall mood of the album. On the other hand, Wynton Marsalis' contribution to "Tiger Rag" is sensational, at times giving the tune a baroque feel. It makes one hope that Mr. Marsalis will collaborate with this trio again. Overall this is exhuberant music, beautifully played and I recommend it without hesitation.
You are most likely to enjoy this CD if you like Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, k d lang, Alison Krauss."
The word 'incredible' doesn't do this CD justice
M. Crick | Mt. Juliet, TN | 08/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very simply said, "stellar work". The improvisational style of this genre of music is right down these guys' alley. Precision is second nature to these guys, too. Also, if you ever get the chance to see the "Hot Swing Trio" live, GO SEE THEM! I could sit and listen to these guys til the cows come home. Stellar (there's that word again) musicians, to say the least!"