Masters Of Jazz: Stuff Smith

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Catalogue No: STV1018506
Artist: Stuff Smith
Series: Masters Of Jazz
Format: Audio / Video | Recorded Performance
Like Ben Webster, Stuff Smith lived his last years in Europe and was buried in Denmark. This compilation includes radio braoadcasts featuring Stuff with two Danish violinists, Svend Asmussen and Poul Olsen, two sessions from the Montmartre Club featuring Stuff with Kenny Drew, NHOP and Alex Riel and a really swinging version of Caravan!

Includes new liner notes by Anthony Barnett.
Published on: 06 April 2013
Language: English
Publisher: Storyville Records
 
     

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      4
      If Teddy Wilson was dignified elegance personified, Stuff Smith was devil-may-care and all stops out. Living in Denmark for the last two and a half years of his life, he was treasured for his unrivalled vitality and exuberance. On these 14 1965-66 tracks (picked from five previous Storyville releases) we hear him almost burning the house down, fronting the regular ‘house trio’ of the Montmartre (Kenny Drew, NHØP, and Alex Riel) as well as duetting with legendary Danish fiddler Svend Asmussen (whose elegant playing is quite different from Smith’s, but no less exciting), and the lesser-known Poul Olsen. Both instrument colleagues tend to make Smith play a dash more restrained, and both are obviously inspired by him. It is said that there are people who do not consider the violin a ‘real’ jazz instrument. If so, I urge them to listen to the 75 minutes here. If this isn’t the essence of jazz playing, I don’t know what is.
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