The Complete 1944 Rosenkrantz Apartment Transcription Duets. This unusual two-CD set features privately recorded transcriptions of duets by jazz violinist Stuff Smith with classical pianist Robert Crum, which Baron Timme Rosenkrantz intended to release commercially, though that would not happen until almost six decades later. It is hard to compare this music against Stuff Smith's typical records, as his fans will find these recordings quite unlike anything else in his discography, often delving into free improvisation and semi-classical genres rather than just straight-ahead swing.
Stuff Smith: 1944-1946 Studio, Broadcast, Concert, & Apartment Performances (ABCD2-007/8). New CD series spotlights jazz violin greats. IN VARIOUS NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF THE MUSIC WORLD, there reside dedicated enthusiasts (fanatics?) who do amazing work preserving, conserving, and promulgating great works of art from the past, and helping to establish their proper historical context. Conclusive proof can be found in the performances that Smith did with classical pianist Robert Crum (no relation to the cartoonist, although both clearly live in phantasmagoric worlds of their own creation). These rare recordings, Stuff Smith & Robert Crum: Complete 1944 Rosenkrantz Apartment Transcription Duets, show us that "free jazz" existed way before the work of saxophonist Ornette Coleman, indeed even before the famous Tristano-Konitz- Marsh sessions of the '50s.
Stuff Smith & Robert Crum - The Complete 1944 Rosenkrantz Apartment Transcription Duets - The Jazz Violinist & The Classical Pianist (2xCD, Mono). Stuff Smith - 1944-1946 Studio, Broadcast Concert & Apartment Performances (2xCD, Mono).
1-1 through 2-3 Recorded in one or possibly two dates including 21 October 1944. 2-4 recorded on 16 Dec 1944 2-5 recorded on 18 Dec 1944. Smith plays acoustic violin throughout. Recordings were made at the home of Timme Rosenkrantz and Inez Cavanaugh, cf. Desert Sands: the Recordings and Performances of Stuff Smith, Barnett 1995.
The Complete 1944 Rosenkrantz Apartment Transcription Duets. Stuff Smith – Have Violin, Will Swing. Stuff Smith 1939-1944 (entire CD, 25 Tracks). Stuff Smith with Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio. Stuff Smith - You& A Viper. Stuff Smith - Bugle Call Blues (Live 1965).
when Crum and Smith begin the big-time chance-taking and use their great ears to go with the flow the result is very exciting music, perhaps best left uncategorized. Stacy Phillips, Fiddler, summer 2003. Together, they invented the music they played, which is part jazz, part impressionism and part see where the music takes us experimentation. Sound is true to the source, and hasn't been given the false depth of digital reconstructions. Through the scratch and scrape one can hear two fine musicians speculate about form with amazing delicacy and vigour.
But Stuff Smith, considered one of the most important jazz violinists of his time, made music that told a different story: Smith's violin was raucous, rhythmically daring, and bluesy, looking toward the future, not the past. A series of trio recordings was made in 1943 and 1944, but by the late 1940s Smith's career seemed to be in decline. In the 1950s, to make things worse, Smith suffered from health problems brought on by years of heavy drinking. Smith was still much admired by his fellow musicians, and he moved to California and continued to perform on what was said to be a centuries-old Guarneri violin.
This is an alphabetized list of notable musicians who play or played jazz piano. The piano has been an integral part of the jazz idiom since its inception, in both solo and ensemble settings. Its role is multifaceted due largely to the instrument's combined melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic capabilities. Irving Aaronson (1895–1963). Anders Aarum (born 1974). Mike Abene (born 1942). Don Abney (1923–2000). Chris Abrahams (born 1961). Muhal Richard Abrams (1930–2017). John Adriano Acea (1917–1963).
Violinist Jazz musician. United States of America. Aug 14, 1909 Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, . Sep 25, 1967 Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany. Paul Smith (pianist). Jazz pianist from the United States. American jazz saxophonist. American jazz trombonist.