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Posted October 1, 2010
A beautiful musical virtuostic tapestry
The eclectic John Reischman is simply one of my favorite mandolin players at present. He is considered a "Mando Monster". The songwriting and instrumental skills of John Reischman really shine when he collaborates with other top-notch musicians on the all-original project, "Up In The Woods." Nearly 40 minutes of a beautiful musical virtuostic tapestry are presented with Todd Phillips (bass), Gabe Witcher (fiddle), Jim Nunally (Guitar), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle), Scott Nygaard (guitar), Nick Hornbuckle (banjo), Rob Ickes (dobro), Kathy Kallick (guitar), and John Miller (guitar). If you like tone, clarity and dynamics in your instrumental music, then this album is for you. Reischman clearly draws his inspiration from such mandolinists as Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Frank Wakefield, David Grisman, Jethro Burns and Andy Statman. While he is a master of many styles, Reischman clearly emphasizes the bluegrass and old-time feeling on "Up In The Woods." This highly-recommended album is one that you can listen to over and over without ever tiring of it. While each tune has its own story, I was particularly impressed with the overall feeling that I was left with when the last few measures of track 12 "Greenwood" came to an end. I just felt like spinning the entire album again. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.