The David Grisman Rounder Album

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All Music Guide - John Uhl
David Grisman is primarily known as a perhaps even the pioneer integrator of jazz into the prog-bluegrass
ewgrass/whatever-you-call-it "Dawg Music" to Grisman branch of the bluegrass family tree. And with a number of other suspect jazz dabblers fiddler Vassar Clements, guitarist Tony Rice, and banjo picker Tony Trischka, for instance on hand, one might expect The Rounder Compact Disc originally released as The Rounder Record to be a Grappelli-sounding crossbreed experiment in line with Grisman's longstanding quintet. Yet, despite some string-slingin', fancy-licked solos, The Rounder Compact Disc is really a true blue bluegrass record. Why, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Uhl
David Grisman is primarily known as a perhaps even the pioneer integrator of jazz into the prog-bluegrass
ewgrass/whatever-you-call-it "Dawg Music" to Grisman branch of the bluegrass family tree. And with a number of other suspect jazz dabblers fiddler Vassar Clements, guitarist Tony Rice, and banjo picker Tony Trischka, for instance on hand, one might expect The Rounder Compact Disc originally released as The Rounder Record to be a Grappelli-sounding crossbreed experiment in line with Grisman's longstanding quintet. Yet, despite some string-slingin', fancy-licked solos, The Rounder Compact Disc is really a true blue bluegrass record. Why, this record has enough gospel harmonies, Bill Monroe songs, stories of money lost on spend-thriftin' women, string sawin', and other neat-sounding contractions to keep even your most die-hard hillbilly warm as a mug of Grandpappy's moonshine on a cold Kentucky night. The tricky thing, the "how'd he do that?" part, is that in addition to in spite of? it's unabashed down-home country feel, this album is anything but traditional. Instrumentals like "Waiting on Vassar," "Op. 38," and "Boston Boy" integrate a complex network of orchestral voicings, solos, and interactive group play, and throughout the album solos by hotshots like Clements, Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Grisman himself betray more than a passing interest in other styles of improvisation. In the coming years, the experimental wings of bluegrass would begin to incorporate electric instruments and more overtly bear the influence of jazz and rock. But The Rounder Compact Disc is some of the earliest evidence that bluegrass can be progressive without sacrificing any of its institutional twang.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661006928
  • Catalog Number: 610069
  • Sales rank: 70,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello (0:22)
  2. 2 Sawin' on the Strings (3:17)
  3. 3 Waiting on Vassar (5:00)
  4. 4 I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent (1:55)
  5. 5 Op. 38 (3:15)
  6. 6 Hold to God's Unchanging Hand (3:35)
  7. 7 Boston Boy (2:27)
  8. 8 Cheyenne (4:45)
  9. 9 'til the End of the World Rolls 'round (2:55)
  10. 10 You'll Find Her Name Written There (2:55)
  11. 11 On and On (3:43)
  12. 12 Bob's Brewin' (4:57)
  13. 13 So Long (0:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Grisman Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Mandola, Mandocello
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Tony Rice Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs Violin, Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Trischka Banjo
Bill Keith Banjo
Buck White Mandolin
Todd Phillips Bass
Vassar Clements Violin, Violectra
Technical Credits
Tony Trischka Contributor
Sundance Engineer
David Grisman Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Dana Thomas Engineer
Douglas Parker Artwork
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