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Svend Asmussen

It seems strange that Svend Asmussen is not better known in the United States, for he has been a top swing violinist since the mid-'30s. He started playing violin when he was seven and, in 1933, made his professional debut. Always based in Scandinavia (hence his obscurity in the U.S.), Asmussen made his first records as a leader in 1935 and has been consistently popular in his homeland ever since. He played with the Mills Brothers and Fats Waller in the 1930s when they passed through Denmark, but when Benny Goodman tried to get him in the mid-'50s for his small group, strict immigration laws made it impossible for him to work in the U.S. Asmussen recorded with John Lewis (1962), Duke Ellington (as part of a 1963 violin summit), Toots Thielemans, Lionel Hampton (1978), and on a few occasions with Stephane Grappelli, in addition to many dates with his own groups. ~ Scott Yanow
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Track List: Embraceable

1. Singin' in the Rain (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

2. Sophisticated Lady (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

3. Hushabye (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

4. Trubbel (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

5. Prelude in C-Minor (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

6. Things Ain't What They Used to Be (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

7. Waltz for Sonny (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

8. Just a Gigolo (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

9. There Will Never Be Another You (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

10. Embraceable You (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

11. Pent-Up House (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

12. June Night (feat. Georges Arvanitas, Patrice Caratini & Charles Saudrais)

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Track List: Vol. 5

1. The Song From Moulin Rouge

2. April In Portugal

3. Samba For Sale

4. I'll Never Be The Same

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Track List: Rhythm Is Our Business

1. Rhythm Is Our Business

2. Panhandle Pete

3. Be My Life's Companion

4. Ellington Mood

5. Svends Riff

6. Someone To Watch Over Me

7. Darktown Strutters Ball

8. Schöner Gigolo

9. Cotton Tail

10. Indian Summer

11. After You've Gone

12. When You're Smiling

13. Moonglow

14. Carry Me Back To Old Virginia

15. Fiddler In Rio

16. Jeepers Creeepers

17. Svends Blues

18. Poor Butterfly

19. Georgia Camp Meeting

20. Hallelujah

21. Honeysuckle Rose

22. How About You

23. Jazz Me Blues

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Track List: 1937- 1940 (Vol. 3)

1. Honeysuckle Rose

2. Alexander's Ragtime Band

3. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Take 2)

4. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Take 3)

5. Zigeunerhjerte

6. Hvad Er Swing?

7. Hele Verden Er Min

8. Et Lille Tilfældigt Smil

9. Så Er Det Sket (feat. Kai Ewans Orkester)

10. Hvad Er Swing? (feat. Kai Ewans Orkester)

11. Et Lille Tilfældigt Smil (feat. Kai Ewans Orkester)

12. March

13. Søde Drømme

14. Skal Vi Flyve Os En Tur?

15. Sweet Sue

16. Limehouse Blues

17. Et Lille Tilfældigt Smil (Swing-Quintet Version)

18. Hvad Er Swing? (Swing-Quintet Version)

19. Du Sender Solen I Mit Hjerte

20. Bare Fordi Du Vil

21. Hansens Siste

22. Oslo Jump

23. Bel Ami

25. Loch Lomond

26. Tea For Two

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Track List: Dance Along With Vol 2

1. June Night

2. The Shadow Of Your Smile

3. Michael Row Your Boat

4. Stumpinh At The Savoy

5. Snake Charmer

6. Sur Le Pont D'Avignon

7. Tristeza

8. i will Wait Fro You

9. Limehouse Blues

10. Hallo Du Süsse Frau

12. Midnight In Moscow

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Track List: Svend Asmussen Still Fiddling

1. The Best Things In Life Are Free

2. How Deep Is The Ocean

3. My Yiddish Momme

4. Silly Shuffel

5. Jeg Elsker Dig

6. Down South Camp Meeting

7. My Man Is Gone Now

8. Hallelujah

9. Sermon For Stuff

10. It Had To Be You

11. Shalom Elechem

12. Memories Of You

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