Play, Fiddle, Play: Jazz Violin Classics

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Flying Fish records is mentioned, people tend to think of folk and singer/songwriters. But the Chicago-based indie never recorded one type of music exclusively. Flying Fish's specialty is roots music, and that doesn't just mean folk -- it could also be anything from world music to blues. Though Flying Fish doesn't have a lot of jazz in its catalog, the company has put out some noteworthy jazz releases here and there. One example is violinist Matt Glaser's Play, Fiddle, Play: Jazz Violin Classics, a generally enjoyable (if uneven) CD that tends to favor gypsy swing in the Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli vein but also owes something to progressive bluegrass. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Flying Fish records is mentioned, people tend to think of folk and singer/songwriters. But the Chicago-based indie never recorded one type of music exclusively. Flying Fish's specialty is roots music, and that doesn't just mean folk -- it could also be anything from world music to blues. Though Flying Fish doesn't have a lot of jazz in its catalog, the company has put out some noteworthy jazz releases here and there. One example is violinist Matt Glaser's Play, Fiddle, Play: Jazz Violin Classics, a generally enjoyable (if uneven) CD that tends to favor gypsy swing in the Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli vein but also owes something to progressive bluegrass. The worst thing about this release is the cornball singing; while the vocals are meant to be cute and ironic, they end up being flat-out annoying. But thankfully, most of the 14 selections are instrumental -- and if you skip the vocal numbers, you will find Glaser to be a pleasing violinist who knows his way around his instrument. While Play, Fiddle, Play is primarily an album of gypsy swing, he is well-aware of the jazz/bluegrass connection -- Glaser, in fact, has played with the innovative mandolinist David Grisman, and he brings bluegrass elements to the CD's swing foundation on original material, as well as creative arrangements of traditional tunes like "Turkey in the Straw" and "Foggy Mountain Special." His version of "Jimmy in the Swamp" (another traditional public-domain offering) is especially interesting; on this track, Glaser successfully fuses swing, bluegrass and instrumental Celtic music. Play, Fiddle, Play would have been stronger and more consistent if the vocal numbers had been omitted, but all things considered, this CD paints an attractive picture of Glaser.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1992
  • Label: Flying Fish Records
  • UPC: 018964055547
  • Catalog Number: 90555

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Glaser Quintet Primary Artist
Matt Glaser Indexed Contributor, Primary Artist, Fiddle, Violin
Jay Branford Saxophone
Bevan Manson Piano
Billy Novick Saxophone
Bruno Råberg Bass
Peter Barnes Piano
Big Band Violin
Matt Darriau Saxophone
Ruthie Dornfeld Violin
Joseph Fitzgerald Bass
Andy Gravish Trumpet
James Guttmann Bass
Evan Harlan Accordion
Melissa Howe Violin
Mary Lea Violin
Takaaki Masuko Percussion
John McGann Mandolin
Bob Pilkington Trombone
Mimi Rabson Violin
Shiro Sadamura Violin
Bob Savine Drums
Howie Tarnower Mandolin
Marshall Wood Bass
Dave Ballou Trumpet
David Harris Trombone
Djalaj Babazadeh Violin
John Campos Violin
Kerry Makillop Trumpet
Steve Muise Violin
Gemma Nyhuis Violin
Sims Delany Potthoff Violin
Sandy Stark Violin
Lewis Porter Saxophone
Jason Marsh Violin
Joe Fitzgerald Bass
Dave Harris Trombone
Susan Botti Voices
Kamarudin Ahmed Violin
Jeff Worden Violin
Larry Baione Guitar
Technical Credits
Bevan Manson Arranger, Composer
Matt Glaser Arranger, Producer
Matt Darriau Arranger
Gordon Hookailo Engineer
Karen Kane Engineer
Jack Lawrence Composer
John McGann Arranger
Jonathan Wyner Engineer
Emery Deutsch Composer
Ellen Hockner Producer
Arthur Altman Composer
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