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Stuff Smith

Primary Instrument: Violin

Born: August 14, 1909 | Died: September 25, 1967    

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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    Five Fine Violins Celebrating 100 Years

    Storyville Records
    2010
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    Swingin' Stuff

    Storyville Records
    2006
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    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 Gillespie + Oscar Peterson

    Bridge Gate
    1994
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    Live In Paris, 1965

    Eagle Records
    1988
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CD/LP/Track Review

Five Fine Violins Celebrating 100 Years by Chris Mosey

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Stuff Smith: The Complete Tenor Sax Septets & Masters of Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review

Swingin' Stuff by Ken Dryden

Hot Stuff by Florence Wetzel

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