The Music of Eddie South [CD]

  • Artist: Violinjazz
  • SKU: 18561218
  • Release Date: 05/25/2010
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    Swingin' the changes


    The late violinist Eddie South (1904-1962) may not have the name recognition of peers like Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti, but the Louisiana-born musician was every bit their equal. South had a gorgeous tone and impeccable phrasing, and could play anything from classical to jazz, but the pervasive racism of the era in which he achieved artistic maturity prevented any hopes of a commercial breakthrough. South was frequently recorded during his lifetime, but sadly, there appear to be only a couple of CD compilations of his work currently in print. Contemporary jazz violinist Jeremy Cohen felt so moved by this neglect that he released this tribute album to help focus attention on South’s legacy. Cohen’s approach was simple: round up a cracking band of like-minded musicians (guitarist Dix Bruce, bassist Jim Kerwin, pianist Larry Dunlop, drummer Harold Jones) and record a wide range of jazz and popular tunes associated with South. Their interpretations respect the spirit of the originals while spotlighting the unique characteristics of Cohen’s own playing. The results are warm, sincere and swinging, and should inspire listeners to seek out recordings of the master himself. This is musical balm for the soul. Apply frequently for best results.

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