Stuff Smith

In the era of early jazz and swing, the violin was often an instrument that carried a hint of an old-fashioned sound--a suggestion of classical music, of the high-society dance orchestra, of the gypsy café music of Europe. But Stuff Smith, considered one of the most important jazz violinists of his time, made music that told a different story: Smith's violin was raucous, rhythmically daring, and bluesy, looking toward the future, not the past. Like most great jazz players, Smith pushed the envelope in his playing, and later in his career he adapted with little difficulty to the new musical language of bebop. Smith also sang and was the composer of several jazz standards.

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Albums

Five Fine Violins Celebrating 100 Years
Five Fine Violins...
Storyville Records
2010
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Swingin' Stuff
Swingin' Stuff
Storyville Records
2006
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Hot Stuff
Hot Stuff
Storyville Records
2005
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Cat On A Hot Fiddle
Eagle Records
2004
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Time And Again
Eagle Records
2003
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Stuff Smith + Dizzy...
Bridge Gate
1994
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