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The Sunday Times - Culture -CD - Sunday 31th March 2013

On record: The week's essential new releases: Pop, Rock and Jazz.





Nigel Kennedy - Recital - Sony Classical 88765447272.

No longer intent on out-Hendrixing Jimi Hendrix, the violinist walks a more fruitful line between jazz, classical and folk.

The small-group Fats Waller covers trundle along amiably enough, although there's more to savour in the sinous tribute to the late Dave Brubeck on Take Five.

A burst of Celtic fiddle erupts elsewhere.

The acoustic guitarist Rolf Bussalb and the bassist Yaron Stavi are every bit as ecumenical, while echoes of Stephane Grappelli emerge on Vivace, a freewheeling setting of Bach's Double Violin Concerto.

The old man (Grappelli,that is) would have approved.


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