Grant Stewart: Plays Ellington - JazzWax

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June 29, 2009


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Red Colm O'Sullivan

Must cop! There's always room on my shelves for Grant Stewart - always (love him)!
I feel Scott Hamilton has a very special claim on "Tonight I Shall Sleep" too... there certainly was a period when it was his signiture ballad, and he really owned it. (And I hope everyone knows Sarah's record... "goosebumps", as they say).

John Cooper

"Tonight I Shall Sleep" - Maybe Ellington was still irked when he gave the solo over to guest artist Tommy Dorsey in a May 1945 Victor recording session with the Ellington band. Ellington sat in on piano with the Dorsey band on the reverse side of the record laying down "The Minor Goes Muggin'".

Jason Crane

Love, love, love Grant. In fact, he was the first guest ever on The Jazz Session.

(I recorded this before I had my snazzy technology, but it's still interesting to listen to Grant.)

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