Bluegrass Reunion

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the fourth release on David "Dawg" Grisman's mandolin/vocals highly respected Acoustic Disc record label. While Dawg's multifarious talents in front of the microphone are undeniably brilliant, it is his lesser-lauded behind the scenes work as a conduit for equally skilled sonic craftsmen that is most prominently displayed here. This release gathers a quintet of musicians who at one time or another have crossed paths with Dawg. These range from bluegrass legend Red Allen guitar/vocal, for whom Grisman cut his teeth as a producer as well as mandolin player in the early '60s, to Jerry Garcia guitar/vocals, with whom he shared the stage on several occasions -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the fourth release on David "Dawg" Grisman's mandolin/vocals highly respected Acoustic Disc record label. While Dawg's multifarious talents in front of the microphone are undeniably brilliant, it is his lesser-lauded behind the scenes work as a conduit for equally skilled sonic craftsmen that is most prominently displayed here. This release gathers a quintet of musicians who at one time or another have crossed paths with Dawg. These range from bluegrass legend Red Allen guitar/vocal, for whom Grisman cut his teeth as a producer as well as mandolin player in the early '60s, to Jerry Garcia guitar/vocals, with whom he shared the stage on several occasions -- including the all-star bluegrass revivalist combo Old & in the Way. The pinpoint accuracy and opulent soundscape are practically tangible, again thanks to Dawg's self-taught and seemingly innate acoustic recording techniques.Bluegrass Reunion features 20 standards and traditional adaptations by a revolving cast that also includes Herb Pedersen banjo/vocals, Jim Buchanan fiddles/vocals, and Jim Kerwin bass. While there is no surprise that the track list is heavy on the Acuff-Rose catalog, the tastes of the musicians refreshingly delve into some lesser-heard deep cuts. Likewise, these interpretations literally redefine the "high and lonesome sound" with eerie authenticity. This is true of both the pensively emotive reading of Helen Carter's "Is This My Destiny?" to the hot-skillet and high-steppin' instrumental "Pigeon Roost" -- the album's sole original composition. Garcia's poignant vocals and lead guitar reinvent the Stanley Brothers' classic "The Fields Have Turned Brown" into a minor noir masterpiece. His loose and throaty reading of "Ashes of Love" is equally inspired as it recalls Johnnie & Jack's classic reading. While there is nary a subpar performance on Bluegrass Reunion, there are several that are explicitly recommended to enthusiasts, including "She's No Angel," "Little Maggie," and "To Love and Live Together."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1992
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949100420
  • Catalog Number: 4

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bluegrass Reunion Primary Artist
David Grisman Indexed Contributor, Mandolin, Bass (Vocal), Vocals, Baritone, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Red Allen Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer
Jim Buchanan Fiddle, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
James Kerwin Bass, Track Performer
Herb Pedersen Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer
Technical Credits
Red Allen Arranger
David Dennison Engineer
David Grisman Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Herb Pedersen Arranger
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Helen Carter Composer
Traditional Composer
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