Okay, so I might have overdone it a wee bit with the suffering on this afternoon’s fartlek run as my quads are definitely crying out now. So, I’m belaying any plans to go to the gym or get out on the bike this evening and staying in and indulging my Jazz Boner on my yoga mat (once I’ve cleared away all the cat toys mind you) instead with the ‘Live‘ album by Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman.
The album was recorded live on September 20th, 1979 at Berklee Center, Boston (except for ‘Satin Doll‘, which was recorded on September 7th, 1979 at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco) and released in 1981 on Warner Bros. Records.
One of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli (who was in his 60’s by this point) recordings, this live session teams the veteran violinist with mandolist David Grisman’s band, an ensemble that (in addition to its leader) boasts hot solos from Mike Marshall on violin, guitarist Mark O’Connor (who switches to violin to battle Grappelli on a memorable ‘Tiger Rag‘), and bassist Rob Wasserman. The first two songs (‘Shine‘ and ‘Pent-Up House‘) are taken at breakneck tempos and then, after the group tries to cool off on ‘Misty‘, they really burn on ‘Sweet Georgia Brown‘ and ‘Tiger Rag‘.
Essentially, it’s amazing music with more than its share of great solos; an experience, not simply a listen.
Perfect yoga music.
In other words, it’s the total cat’s pajamas baby.