Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli, Top Hat (1981)
I often talk about – and think about – the Stephane Grappelli concert I was lucky to see back in the late 1990s. One of the very best gigs of my lifetime. And it all started when my mum introduced me to Stephane Grappelli and Yehudin Mehuhin via a CD of Gerswhin classics. I became a fan of them both – but Grappelli particularly, because I was besotted with Django Reinhardt (so it didn’t take too long to find the Hot Club connection). Anyway, Grappelli and Menuhin made a series of albums together across the 70s and 80s – evergreens, jazz-y renditions of show tunes and old classics. And I’ve always loved them. Many years back I bought Tea For Two on vinyl and that’s a favourite to this day. Top Hat is a recent find – but an old favourite. I had purchased this on cassette tape back in the day, after that initial intro. Lovely and heartwarming to hear it again after all these years. Even the slightly naff stuff.
Sample Track: Puttin’ On The Ritz
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