Svingin' with Svend

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Svingin' with Svend
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Live album by David Grisman, Svend Asmussen
Released 1987
Recorded November 5-9, 1986 at Fat Tuesday's, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 37:46
Label Zebra
Producer David Grisman, Craig Miller
David Grisman chronology
(1984) Acousticity1984
Svingin' with Svend
(1987) Svingin' with Svend1987
Home Is Where the Heart Is
(1988) Home Is Where the Heart Is1988
Svend Asmussen chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Svingin' with Svend is an album by American musician David Grisman and Danish musician Svend Asmussen, released in 1987. It is attributed to the David Grisman Quintet featuring Svend Asmussen.[2]

All songs were recorded live with the exception of "Lap-Nils Polska" and "Jitterbug Waltz", which were recorded at Bay View Studios in Richmond, California in 1987. "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "Spirit Feel" were not included on the initial LP release.

In an interview with Mandozine, Grisman stated: "That album comprised both live and studio cuts. The live material was recorded at a week-long engagement at Fat Tuesdays, a jazz club in NYC that Stan Getz's son Steve managed. Les Paul used to play there every Monday night. One night during the engagement Toots came by and Svend invited him to sit in. I believe we played Milt Jackson's "Spirit Feel" which is included on the CD version (not the LP). It was very exciting to be a part of that meeting of two very kindred spirits and long-time friends."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Svingin' with Svend" (David Grisman) – 4:02
  2. "Nadja" (Svend Asmussen) – 6:24
  3. "Lap-Nils' Polska" (Traditional, arr. Asmussen) – 8:24
  4. "It Don't Mean a Thing" – 6:35
  5. "Swing Mineur" (Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli) – 6:38
  6. "Jitterbug Waltz" (Fats Waller) – 6:20
  7. "The Spirit-Feel" (Milt Jackson) – 9:29
  8. "Nuages" (Reinhardt) – 6:02


  • David Grisman – mandolin
  • Svend Asmussen – violin
  • Dimitri Vandellos – guitar
  • James Kerwin – double bass
  • George Marsh – drums, percussion, calimba

Production notes:

  • David Grisman – producer, mixing
  • Craig Miller – producer, engineer
  • Bob Shumaker – engineer
  • Paul Stubbelbine – engineer
  • Tom Anderson – engineer
  • Greg Fulginiti – mastering
  • Rhonda Voo – cover illustration
  • Thomas Boss – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
Billboard Jazz Albums 10


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allmusic entry for Svingin' with Svend Retrieved November 2009.
  3. ^ Mandozine. May 11, 2003. Retrieved November 2009.

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