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The Music Of Eddie South / Violin Jazz

South,Eddie / Cohen / Dunlop / Bruce / Kerwin
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92110  
Composer:  Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eddie South (1904-1962) was one of the most widely recorded jazz violinists of his time. He was truly one of the greats, and all the greats knew him-Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Ray Nance, Sven Asmussen, and Paul Nero. In fact, composer and violinest Paul Nero dedicated his classic jazz fiddle tune "Hot Canary" to Eddie South. Unfortunately, his name and music are not known to all violin-loving musicians, historians, and seasoned music buffs. Although he enjoyed a career as an active performer, appearing on radio, television, and even in a motion picture (Stars on Parade, 1946), Eddie South never seemed to break through the color barrier. He didn't receive the commercial success and large audiences he so deeply Read more deserved.

Led by jazz violinist and GRAMMY nominated Jeremy Cohen, "The Music Of Eddie South - Violin Jazz" features some of their favorite Eddie South pieces which span many years and phases of his career. They range from the highly romantic to the hard swinging fiddling.

R E V I E W:

Violinist Eddie South was one of the first -- if not the first -- to incorporate the violin into swing-era music, but Stuff Smith, Stéphane Grappelli, and Joe Venuti get most of the credit. Veteran string player Jeremy Cohen aims to rectify that situation via this wonderful set of tunes that South performed, with a slight touch of bebop and spirituality thrown in. As South adapted to the times before he passed away in 1962, Cohen and his expert professional band play the standards, swing, and hot jazz identified with the early period of the music, but with a fresh perspective that is not jaded or unfashionable. Dr. Billy Taylor's influence and presence are also felt or heard on his compositions like the basic "Mad Monk" or the bop swinger "Dr. Groove." Cohen is a relaxed violinist (a former student of Itzhak Perlman) who does not exploit his instrument, but instead allows it to do the talking for itself in parsed phrases. He and the band play "Yesterdays" and "Rose Room" like they were born to do it, while "Idaho" -- an adaptation of "Back Home in Indiana" -- seems simply rendered, but is a tougher draw that it might seem. "Eddie's Blues," which South did with Django Reinhardt, really brings the music into focus, while the other tracks extend the legacy of the so-called "Dark Angel" in a realm anyone can relate to, no matter the generation. This San Francisco-based band also features the arranger and pianist Larry Dunlap, a hero in his own right, while the masterful drummer Harold Jones keeps things moving along nicely. If you like this brand of vintage jazz, this recording will knock your socks off, and comes highly recommended to all.

-- Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Black Gypsy by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
2.
Mad Monks by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
3.
deep purple by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
4.
Tzigane in Rhythm by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
5.
Dr. Groove by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
6.
Kol Nidre by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
7.
Rhapsody in Blue by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
8.
Fiddle Diary by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
9.
Rose Room by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
10.
Zigeuner by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
11.
Eddie's Blues by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
12.
Yesterdays by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
13.
Idaho by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz
14.
I Can't Get Started by Eddie South
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Violin Jazz

Sound Samples

Black Gypsy
Mad Monk
Deep Purple
Tzigane in Rhythm
Dr. Groove
Kol Nidre
Rhapsody in Blue
Fiddle Ditty
Rose Room
Zigeuner
Eddie's Blues
Roberta: Yesterdays
Idaho
Ziegfeld Follies of 1936: I can't get started

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