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Dawgnation
     

Dawgnation

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by David Grisman Quintet
 
Mandolinist extraordinaire David Grisman is blessed with a band comprising players who are perfectly attuned to his eclectic musical ways. Guitarist Enrique Coria, flautist Matt Eakle, violinist and percussionist Joe Craven, and bassist Jim Kerwin are all as comfortable as their leader when it comes to blending jazz, reggae, Latin, bluegrass, classical, and a host of

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Mandolinist extraordinaire David Grisman is blessed with a band comprising players who are perfectly attuned to his eclectic musical ways. Guitarist Enrique Coria, flautist Matt Eakle, violinist and percussionist Joe Craven, and bassist Jim Kerwin are all as comfortable as their leader when it comes to blending jazz, reggae, Latin, bluegrass, classical, and a host of other influences into the unique ensemble sound that Grisman has dubbed “Dawg music.” And each shares the master mandolinist’s careful balance of virtuosity and expressive musicality. Tonal and rhythmic colors continually change throughout this joyous recording: “Slade” is a full-speed-ahead burst of group energy, “Dawg After Night” a lilting lyrical lullaby, “Mellow Mang” a Latin jazz romp, “Why Did the Mouse Marry the Elephant” a playful yet exacting duet between Grisman and Kerwin -- Dawgnation, to its credit, never stays put in one place. And why should it when you have a spectacularly tight group of players who can turn on a dime, no matter which skewed direction its musical maestro points them toward? Twenty-five years since the first Grisman group recording, the inclusive vision of this instrumental iconoclast remains as vital and unpredictable as ever.

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All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
David Grisman returns in fine, if standard, form on Dawgnation, the first record of new material produced by his David Grisman Quintet since 1995's Dawganova. The material on Dawgnation doesn't break any new ground particularly, though Grisman's so-called "dawg" music -- a mix of bluegrass, hot jazz, Latin grooves, klezmer, and world rhythms -- can still be exhilarating, especially if one has never heard it before. The band manages to keep the energy high and the music fresh-sounding, making this as fine a starting point into the quintet as any. Each of the tracks is a tribute to one of Grisman's extended musical family -- such as "Slade" (for the late Charles Sawtelle), "Why Did the Mouse Marry the Elephant?" (for bassist Edgar Meyer), and the title track for "Spudboy" (aka Jerry Garcia). Still, the pastoral mix of Matt Eakle's flute, Enrique Coria's flamenco jazz guitar, and Joe Craven's fiddle and percussion with Grisman's mandolin melodies doesn't break any new boundaries. It is calming, pretty, well-executed music that is unlikely to offend anyone, but is ultimately (perhaps) slightly too lite to be considered ballsy and a touch too syncopated and strange to find acceptance among any mainstream audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Acoustic Disc
UPC:
0715949104923
catalogNumber:
49

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Dawgnation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hot dawg! Dawgnation is simply dawg deluxe, smothered with all the musical trimmings. Grisman and company really know how to cook. It's especially nice to hear the virtuostic interplay on the four duets: "Mr. Coolberg" (mando/flute), Why Did the Mouse Marry the Elephant? (mando/bass), Desert Dawg (mando/percussion or violin), and Argentine Trio (mando/guitar). The all-original songs are arranged in such a way as to always keep you guessing what surprises are around the next measure of melody. Dawgnation has its share of travelling tunes, with their large dosages of irresistibly infectious energy. You can hear many genre influences in Dawg's music, from Gypsy to Swing, Middle Eastern to Latin, Bluegrass to Big Band. Collar this dawg, and add it to your collection! (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)