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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 1Feb 22Feb 15Feb 8

 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