Borodin String Quartet no.2 – Borodin Quartet

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

Alexander Borodin was a Russian composer, doctor, and chemist.  Borodin was part of a group of composers called “The Five” who were interested in creating a nationalist school.

Borodin didn’t compose many works, but among his few works he is known for his Opera Prince Igor, the orchestra piece “On The Steppes of Central Asia,” and his two String Quartets.  Borodin’s string quartets are full of beautiful lyrical melodies.  His second quartet is famous because of its beautiful Nocturne.

Here is a recording of Borodin’s String Quartet no.2 performed by the Borodin Quartet.  Enjoy.

 

Chega de Saudade – Jimmy Rosenberg Trio

The song “Chega de Saudade” (English translation is “No More Blues”) is a bossa nova.  Bossa Novas are a lyrical fusion of the samba and jazz.  Chega is said to be the first recorded bossa nova song.   The song was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the lyrics were written by Vinicius de Moraes.

Jimmy Rosenberg is a Dutch gypsy guitarist.  He is known for his playing of Gypsy Jazz and other similar styles of music.  Here is a recording of Chega de Saudade played by Jimmy Rosenberg (lead guitar) and his trio.  Enjoy.

 

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “After You’ve Gone”

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” is a popular jazz standard.  Django Reinhardt, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France and jazz singer Freddy Taylor recorded it in 1947.  Here is their recording of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Enjoy.

“After You’ve Gone” is a popular jazz standard written in 1918 by Turner Layton.  Henry Creamer wrote the lyrics.  Django Reinhardt recorded “After You’ve Gone” three times (in 1934, 1936, and 1949).  Here is a recording of the song by Django Reinhardt, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France and jazz singer Freddy Taylor.  Enjoy.

 

“Blue Drag” and “Shine” with Freddy Taylor (vocals), Swing men from Harlem, Quintette of the Hot Club of France

Blue Drag is a famous Django Reinhardt tune.  It was recorded by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1935.  Here is a recording done by Freddy Taylor (vocals) and his group the Swing Men from Harlem.  Freddy Taylor recorded another tune called Shine with Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.  He was a very popular jazz singer, tap dancer, trumpet player, and bandleader during the 1930s.  Here is a recording of Blue Drag done by Freddy Taylor and his Swing Men from Harlem.  Enjoy.

Shine was a tune that Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France recorded with jazz singer Freddy Taylor in 1936.  Here is the recording of Shine done by Freddy Taylor and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.  Enjoy.