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Obsession - Hommage To Grapelli / Benjamin Schmid

Release Date: 05/09/2006 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 554  
Composer:  Cole PorterGeorge Gershwin
Performer:  Benjamin Schmid

Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beni Schmid, Violin
Georg Breinschmid, Bass
Edi Köhldorfer, Guitar

With guests:
Biréli Lagrène, Acoustic Guitar
Ernst Reijseger, Cello

Complete Track List:
1 Souvenirs 05:03
2 Swing 39 04:47
3 Night and Day 04:20
4 Manoir de mes rêves 05:29
5 Tears 07:08
6 Troublant Bolero 04:30
7 Bei dir war es immer so schön 02:53
8 Time on my Hands 03:36
9 Embraceable you 02:43
10 Sweet Georgia Brown 03:24
11 Honeysuckle Rose 02:41
12 Place Broukere 04:20
13 Fascinating Rhythm 03:32
14 Sweet Chorus 05:42
15 Nuages 02:51
16 Nocturne 03:47 Read more /> total time 67:02

As a classical violinist, Benjamin Schmid has an outstanding reputation throughout the world. His last CD – a live recording of the Korngold Violin Concerto made at the 2004 Salzburg Festival – was celebrated as an archetype of modern virtuosity. Simultaneously, however, the violinist pursues a second career in a radically opposite musical sphere: Benjamin Schmid becomes jazz violinist Beni Schmid and improvises in the style of the legendary Stéphane Grappelli with his band BeniSchmidObsession. In this constellation he is accompanied by no less than guitarist Biréli Lagrène. The ensemble‘s accompanying two guitars, bass and cello indubitably call to mind the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France, which caused an uproar in the 1930s with Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt at its head.


“The effortlessness of his playing, his fine, elegant tone immediately created a marvelous atmosphere... Schmid proved himself to be the master of subtle tones, but the group developed such an intense groove that the hall was gradually transformed into a swinging, seething jazz club... An amazing concert, a swinging highlight, the finest jazz imaginable...” -- Augsburger Allgemeine, May 2005

“Violinist Benjamin Schmid plays so light-fingered and super-virtuosically – like violin superstar Jean-Luc Ponty at his best.” -- Tages-Anzeiger Zurich, January 2005
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Works on This Recording

Gay Divorcée: Night and Day by Cole Porter
Performer:  Benjamin Schmid (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Girl Crazy: Embraceable you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Benjamin Schmid (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Benjamin Schmid (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 

Sound Samples

Souvenirs (arr. B. Schmid): Souvenirs
Swing 39 (arr. B. Schmid): Swing 39
Gay Divorce: Night and Day (arr. B. Schmid): Gay Divorce: Night and Day
Manoir de mes reves (arr. B. Schmid): Manoir de mes reves
Tears (arr. B. Schmid): Tears
Troublant Bolero (arr. B. Schmid): Troublant Bolero
Anita und der Teufel: Bei dir war es immer so schon (arr. B. Schmid): Anita und der Teufel: Bei dir war es immer so schon
Smiles: Time on My Hands (arr. B. Schmid): Smiles: Time on My Hands
Girl Crazy, Act I: Embraceable You (arr. B. Schmid): Girl Crazy, Act I: Embraceable You
Sweet Georgia Brown (arr. B. Schmid): Sweet Georgia Brown
Honeysuckle Rose (arr. B. Schmid): Honeysuckle Rose
Place de Brouckere (arr. B. Schmid): Place de Brouckere
Lady, be Good!: Fascinating Rhythm (arr. B. Schmid): Lady, be Good!: Fascinating Rhythm
Sweet Chorus (arr. B. Schmid): Sweet Chorus
Nuages (arr. B. Schmid): Nuages
Nocturne (arr. B. Schmid): Nocturne

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