The Music of Eddie South

The Music of Eddie South

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2010
Label: Dorian Recordings
UPC: 0053479211026
catalogNumber: 92110
Rank: 178490


  1. Black Gypsy
  2. Mad Monk
  3. Deep Purple
  4. Tzigane in Rhythm
  5. Dr. Groove
  6. Kol Nidre
  7. Rhapsody in Blue
  8. Fiddle Ditty
  9. Rose Room
  10. Zigeuner
  11. Eddie's Blues
  12. Yesterdays
  13. Idaho
  14. I Can't Get Started

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