Stéphane Grappelli - Rolls
There are a few films in the world that were more representative of the french youth of the 1970’s than Les Valseuses (Going Places). Discovering freedom, sex and more generally life, not through the best way, Jean-Claude (Gérard Depardieu) et Pierrot (Patrick Dewaere) invite us to follow them in their escape through the french countryside, directed by Bertrand Blier. The music for such a story was probably a pleasure to compose for Grappelli, a french self-taught violinist who is for me and many others the greatest Jazz violinist ever. With Rolls, he expresses all his talent, and the run-away of Jean-Claude and Pierrot, on a beautiful theme probably inspired by Bach and his fugues, along with a crazy harpsichord. So I post it today as a tribute to this big man, who makes sounds music so easy, natural and human. Born in 1908, Grappelli died in 1997 after he went through the century with as much frivolity as his playing.