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Stephane Grappelli: Parisian Thoroughfare [Arista/Freedom, 1978]
This sprightly, elegant jazz violinist from the days of Django Reinhardt records all the time, in general quite nicely, which is confusing. After all, one's need for sprightly, elegant jazz violin is not unlimited. But this is a good one. For the straight stuff, swinging and serene, I like his Prestige twofer with Oscar Peterson. Here, Monkian pianist Ronald Hanna darkens the textures and jangles the rhythms for a modernistic effect that works as well on Chopin as it does on Bud Powell. A-