タグ別アーカイブ: Jean Luc Ponty

Svend Asmussen(RIP)

March 13.2017

Last November I posted some jazz violinists.

Please refer to my blog,(November 2016, from 15 to 23).

Jazz violinist(1) ~ Jazz violinist(8)

At that time I did’nt post about Svend Asmussen.

Svend Asmussen was born 28 February 1916 in Denmark.

Asmussen started performing professionally at the age of 17.

In 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Berlin.

Fortunately he survived.

As a result,he became a versatile entertainer and artist.

Svend Asmussen’s jazz violin style is truly unique and instantly recognizable.

His idols were Stuff Smith, Ray Nance and Stephane Grappelli.

He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level.

In the late 1950s, Asmussen formed the trio Swe-Danes with singer Alice Babs and guitarist Ulrik Neumann.

The group became very popular in Scandinavia for their music hall style entertainment and also toured the United States.

In 1963 Asmussen was invited by Ellington to play on his album ‘Duke Ellington’s Jazz Violin Session’, on which he can be heard playing alongside Stéphane Grappelli and Ray Nance.

In 1966 Asmussen appeared alongside Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Jean-Luc Ponty in a jazz Violin Summit in Switzerland.

Also he had recording with Toots Thielemans, John Lewis and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Here is Svend Asmussen and Stephane Grappelli play “PARISIAN THOROUGHFARE” (1965).

Here is The Swe Danes with Alice Babs, Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen(1958).

Here is Toots Thielemans and  Svend Asmussen.

Here is Svend Asmussen Quartet play “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.
Kenny Drew(p); Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen(b); Ed Thigpen(ds) at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen.

Jazz violinist(8)〜Jean-Luc Ponty

November 23. 2016

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Jean-Luc Ponty’s accomplishments was evaluated one of key ambassadors of the violin.

He was born 29 September 1942 in Avranches, France.

When he was sixteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

After graduating two years later he was immediately hired by the major symphony orchestras Lamoureux.

One night after an orchestra concert he decided to become a jazz fiddler at local club.

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Photo of his first album “Jazz Long Playing”

Then his notoriety grew by leaps and he released his debut solo album for Philips in 1964,”Jazz Long Playing”.

In 1966 he joined Violin Summit.

He played live in Basel, Switzerland on stage with such notable string players as Svend Asmussen, Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith.

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Photo of Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty

In 1969 Frank Zappa composed the music for Jean-Luc’s solo album King Kong.

Frank Zappa wanted him to join their tour.

So he emigrated with his wife and two young daughters to the United States.

In 2011, he was invited by Chick Corea to join the group Return to ForeverIV’.

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He had first recorded with Corea on his 1976 solo album My Spanish Heart.

Along with Stephane Grappeli, he is considered to be the most outstanding and influential person as an European jazz violinist.

Here is Jean-Luc Ponty plays “Autumn Leaves”.

Here is David Sanborn & Jean-Luc Ponty play “Ruby My Dear” (Live on Night Music 1989).

Here is Jean-Luc Ponty plays “Mirage” live at Montreal Jazz Festival(1982)

Here is Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty live at Australia(1973)

Jazz violinist(4)〜Stephane Grappelli

November 18. 2016

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Stephane Grappelli left a prodigious body of recording with jazz legends.

Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Grappelli made celebrated recordings with such greats as Oscar Peterson, Toots Theilemans, McCoy Tyner, and Gary Burton.

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Also he had a particular liking for working with other violinists.

He recorded with Eddie South, Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Svend Asmussen, Jean Luc Ponty,Mark O’Connor and others.

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Photo of Yo Yo Ma

He first played at Carnegie Hall in 1974 and returned there to celebrate his 80th birthday in 1988 with a concert which teamed him with the cellist Yo Yo Ma.

His playing continued to improve as he gave concerts in the 90s and his recording career.

Stephane Grappelli died on Dec. 1, 1997, at the age of 89.

Here is Stephane Grappelli and  Michel Petrucciani -play “Flamingo”.(1996)

Here is Baden Powell and Stephane Grappelli play “Meditação”.

Here is Stephane Grappelli with the Philharmonica Orchestra play “The Folks Who Live On The Hill” & “Night And Day.” (1984)

Here is Duke Ellington and Stéphane Grappelli (1973)

Here is Stéphane Grappelli and Yo-Yo Ma -play “So In Love”.