Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club Quintet
Early writing about jazz was frequently limited to matters of a biographical or discographical nature, but the situation has fortunately improved. Jazz research today shows a better understanding of the functioning of the music and the conceptual aims of improvisation; it is hoped that this publication will contribute to the latter area.
This study is dedicated to the work of the French violinist and pianist Stéphane Grappelli, specifically to a series of recordings made between 1934 and 1948 with the H.C.Q. (Hot Club Quintet). The quintet was singular in its instrumentation, lacking drums but compensating with two rhythm guitarists; a double bassist and two soloists of note – Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt – rounded out the ensemble. The analyses of Grappelli’s musical style during his time with the H.C.Q. will provide interesting insight into his style and contribute to a greater understanding.