Niculescu, Florin / Plays Stephane Grappelli
Album: Plays Stephane Grappelli   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Niculescu, Florin   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Blujazz Productions  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-02-01 Pull Date: 2009-04-05 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 1 Feb 22 Feb 15 Feb 8
Airplays: 2 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 28, 2009: Music Casserole
4. Feb 13, 2009: No Cover, No Minimum
2. Feb 25, 2009: The Heart of KZSU
5. Feb 10, 2009: At the Cafe Bohemian
3. Feb 20, 2009: No Cover, No Minimum
6. Feb 03, 2009: At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-01-26
Contemporary Gypsy jazz from this Romanian-born, French-based violinist. Joined by guitar, piano, the band is top-notch (especially Peter Beets on piano). It’s crisp, bright, clean, no-frills. Technically it’s wonderful, but I would have liked a bit more passion, fun, spontaneity. It’s all a bit too formal and controlled for me.

*1. Upbeat, swinging jam, solid solos, especially the piano.
2. Mid/upbeat again, a great showcase for piano.
3. Slow, lyrical, romantic. Picks up a bit but keeps the romance.
4. Slow, dreamy intro. Downtempo but hip and sophisticated.
*5. Mid/upbeat with a sweet arrangement and a catchy feeling.
6. Sweetly lyrical midtempo w/a small nightclub feel.
*7. Upbeat romp w/a nice energy and tight work from all.
8. Relaxed, almost sleepy at first, picks up a bit. Some sweet violin.
*9. Toe tapping, good use of electric guitar, bright and bouncy.
10. Slow and nostalgic with a reflective sadness. Almost classical.
11. Slow guitar intro, then picks up. Interesting take on a classic.
12. Downtempo at first, then a quirky modern mid/upbeat swing.

Track Listing
1. Opportunity   7. Daphné
2. Hésitation   8. André
3. La Chanson Des Rues   9. Eveline
4. Automne   10. Souvenir De Villingen
5. Light   11. Old Man River
6. Tournesol   12. Blues For Stéphane