Picks and Pans Review: Tea for Two
updated 04/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST
The collaboration of these two grand old violinists—this is their third jazz LP together since 1973—is as improbable as it is charming. Grappelli, 71, still plays with wondrous fluidity and with the warm, plaintive tones reminiscent of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, where he performed alongside guitarist Django Reinhardt. Classical virtuoso Menuhin, 62, improvises a little stiffly—sometimes it sounds as if he's playing Mozart's The Munich Blues—but he's especially inventive and expressive on slower tunes like My Funny Valentine. The pair creates the kind of effect that might have resulted if, say, Picasso and Jackson Pollock had worked together on a painting.