Surrounded by some of the finest swing stylists in the Arbors Jazz stable, the young violinist picked a nice mix of songs from the swing era to more recent material by Luis Bonfa. His reading of the traditional "Dark Eyes" is really worth a listen. Weinstein’s hot violin is aided by standout solos from Nicki Parrott, Houston Person and Bucky Pizzarelli. Drummer Joe Ascione puts aside his normal kit and plays a West African Djembe drum.
While packing Joe Venuti’s "heat" and Grappelli’s "soul," Aaron Weinstein sounds like neither one of the vintage violinists. It’s refreshing to hear such original playing by a young musician. We were knocked out by this group’s version of "If Dreams Come True."
In only a couple of years, this jazz novice has appeared with such luminaries as Jay Geils, Howard Alden, Billy Hart, Les Paul, Gene Bertoncini, Dick Hyman and my favorite mandolinist, Don Stiernberg, not to mention the illustrious members on this CD. The record label’s website has sound samples. It’s worth a peek!