Mark O'Connor's second CD with his Hot Swing Trio is more than just a salute to the late, legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli; it firmly establishes as him as a bona fide jazz violin virtuoso, thanks to being distributed by a major label this time around. The capable guitarist plays gypsy swing a la Django Reinhardt without sounding like a clone; bassist , who spent a decade as a member of Grappelli's rhythm section in his last years, provides a perfect match for his two bandmates. Each member of the trio contributed originals to the session. O'Connor's "In Full Swing" is absolutely breathtaking, while it is fun imagining how Grappelli and Reinhardt might have interpreted his enticing "Stephane and Django."
The database pendulum is in full swing. Ten years ago, web-scale companies began moving away from proprietary relational databases to handle big data use cases with NoSQL and Hadoop. Now, for a variety of reasons, the pendulum is swinging back toward SQL-based solutions. What many companies really want is a system that can handle all of their operational, OLTP, BI, and analytic workloads. Could such an all-in-one database exist?