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Posted October 1, 2010
Chris Thile, originally from San Diego County but now living in Nashville, has achieved considerable fame as part of the Grammy-winning trio, Nickel Creek. At age 12 (in 1993), Thile became the youngest winner ever of the National Mandolin Championship. His 2001 project (Not All Who Wander Are Lost) with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Jerry Douglas received much high acclaim. In 2000, with Nickel Creek, Thile won IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year. In 2001, his "Ode to a Butterfly" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Recording. Also that same year, he won the IBMA award for Mandolin Player of the Year. Nickel Creek also won the award for Instrumental Group of the Year. Mike Marshall was a member of the David Grisman Quintet in the late 70s, and he has appeared on countless albums in various collaborations. In 1983, he formed the Montreux Band, a new age jazz ensemble, followed in 1987 by the Modern Mandolin Quartet. In 1995, Mike traveled to Brazil and studied Brazilian choro music. In 1996, he formed Psychograss with Darol Anger, David Grier, Todd Philips and Tony Trischka. In 1999, he recorded and performed with Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell and Sam Bush. In 2000, Marchall recorded and performed with NewGrange. What happens when you throw the two string virtuosos into a large new acoustic kettle and mix vigorously? The resulting musical stew includes Bach, Brazilian Choro, jazz ala Charlie Parker and original innovations. Marshall contributes two self-penned tunes (Harvest Time, Hey Ho!), Thile wrote one alone (Stranded in Kodiak), and both collaborated on the three numbers that close the album (Something Quite Trifling, What A Blast!, Shamrock Shore). The instruments that Chris and Mike feature are Dudenbostel and Gibson Lloyd Loar mandolins, and a Monteleone mandocello. Mike Marshall and Chris Thile add considerable reverb to the mix to give the project a nice, full, airy sound. It might've been nice if a few pieces added guest artists on guitar and bass too for a fuller ensemble sound. Mandolin albums are in vogue, and this project by two masters performing duets is sure to please. (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.