Revisiting the lost recording of Pink Floyd jamming with jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli on ‘Wish You Were Here’
We’re taking a step back into the Far Out Magazine Vault to explore a long lost recording of jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli jamming with Pink Floyd.
Grappelli, who was a pioneering French jazz violinist, has been described by many as “the grandfather of jazz violinists” and continued playing live shows around the world to sell-out crowds well into his ’80s.
Grapelli, who formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930s, happened to be in the right place in the right time when he was asked to join in with Pink Floyd members Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Rick Wright. What ensued was a breakthrough moment, a track being put together that nobody else would expect. However, the recording got lost in transit deep with the archives of label EMI and considered lost forever.
Fast-forward 36 years after that day in the recording studio, the tapes were recovered and a remastered version of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here was reissued with Grappelli’s contribution fully audible and credited on the track.
“My understanding was that we’d had to record over it in order to put on other sections,” Pink Floyd drummer Mason once said of the track, describing it as the “jewel in the crown” of their extensive back catalogue of recordings as a band.
“It still astonishes me that we didn’t use it originally, didn’t realise what a wonderful thing it was,” he added while remembering the session with Grappelli.