A timeless performer--full of soul and life....
D. Pawl | Seattle | 01/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one wonderful example of some of the finest music from a true fiddling legend. The amazing Stephane Grappelli brings a unique, expressive and innovative flavor to every song on this album. Though, I never had the opportunity to see him perform in concert, I have been told that everytime Grappelli would play his instrument, he had a grand smile from ear-to-ear, as bright as the sun and this is definitely felt in the expression of songs. Even when he plays the most heartbreaking tunes, we hear his warm personality come through in the music.
Grappelli's style is like none I have ever heard before, but I will try to find the words to describe it. He is jazzy, yet classical, and while we definitely hear the pure sound of each song, we also hear Stefane's generous and energetic "skatting" (I didn't even know this was possible in fiddling! You just have to give it a listen to truly know what I am talking about).
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and the rest of the songs will bring a smile to your face, and, also a tear to your eyes. All the while, you will also get the feeling that Grappelli is playing just for you. Enjoy this with a glass of red wine and your closest, dearest friends. It's truly delightful. We owe to so much to Grappelli for sharing his gift with the world....."