Picks and Pans Review: Yesterday/a Recollection of the Beatles
Elena Duran/Stephane Grappelli
Seventy-five-year-old Grappelli, the venerable jazz violinist who usually plays the Gershwin-Porter variety of standards, hooks up with Duran, 34, a classical flutist who has performed widely in Europe as a soloist, in an offbeat tribute to the Beatles. Not all the Lennon-McCartney material lends itself to Grappelli's fluid, swinging approach. He and Duran really wrestle with A Hard Day's Night, for instance. But other tunes, such as All My Loving and Michelle, make for a smooth transition. While Duran's improvising is on the tentative side, pianist Laurie Holloway adds a lot of energy in what is supposed to be a backup role, and Grappelli is still a master. This album would be a perfect change of pace to put on the turntable between a couple of old Beatles originals.
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