Dawg Duos

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Mandolin master David Grisman revels in throwing himself off cliffs, musically speaking, and seeing where he lands. On the dozen duets here, the landing places include classical with bassist Edgar Meyer on "Mando-Bass Boogie Sonata" and violinist Mark O'Connor on "Caprice for CM", progressive bluegrass with Béla Fleck on "Clinch Mountain Windmills", and island rhythms with Bob Brozman on National guitar on "Trinidadian Rag". And the old Dawg makes room for some new talent in addition to the superstars: The debut of young Julian Lange, on the Grisman original "Old Souls," makes the guitarist one to watch. The best thing about this disc's outstanding collection of diverse...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Mandolin master David Grisman revels in throwing himself off cliffs, musically speaking, and seeing where he lands. On the dozen duets here, the landing places include classical with bassist Edgar Meyer on "Mando-Bass Boogie Sonata" and violinist Mark O'Connor on "Caprice for CM", progressive bluegrass with Béla Fleck on "Clinch Mountain Windmills", and island rhythms with Bob Brozman on National guitar on "Trinidadian Rag". And the old Dawg makes room for some new talent in addition to the superstars: The debut of young Julian Lange, on the Grisman original "Old Souls," makes the guitarist one to watch. The best thing about this disc's outstanding collection of diverse acoustic instrumental music is that somehow it all fits together, making it enjoyable whether or not you're familiar with Grisman's high-powered players.
All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
With Dawg Duos, David Grisman presents an album of duos with a variety of acclaimed musicians, including Indian classical percussionist Zakir Hussain, the New Lost City Ramblers' Mike Seeger, and Edgar Meyer and Béla Fleck, genre-crossers who are nonetheless well-known to modern bluegrass fans. These accomplished musicians bring complex techniques and impressive virtuosity, and turn it all into enjoyable bluegrass music with a simple, relaxed feel. The music is pretty, in much the same way that Bill Frisell's Good Dog, Happy Man is. There are tunes that pour world music into the bluegrass vocabulary, such as "New Deli Duo," a tune Grisman describes as the closest he'll probably come to playing a raga; the duo with Bob Brozman, "Trinidadian Rag"; and the somewhat gypsy feel and klezmer moments in "Clinch Mountain Windmills," a piece melding Ralph Stanley's "Clinch Mountain Backstep" and Michel Legrand's "Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair. There are moments of liteness -- such as with the mall-music-like quietude of Grisman's duo with Denny Zeitlin -- but too few to detract from the fact that this is an album modern bluegrass fans will find well worth having. Overall, an airy, light-pickin' album with a peaceful center.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949103827
  • Catalog Number: 38
  • Sales rank: 170,408

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Grisman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Mandolin, Mandola
Bryan Bowers Autoharp
Mike Seeger Banjo
Edgar Meyer Bass
Bob Brozman Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Jim Boggio Accordion
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Béla Fleck Banjo
Zakir Hussain Percussion
Mark O'Connor Violin
Denny Zeitlin Piano
Julian Lage Guitar
Technical Credits
David Grisman Producer
Dianne Reeves Composer
M. Christian Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Eddie Del Barrio Composer
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