Traversata

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
With Traversata, mandolin virtuoso David Grisman sets his eclectic sights on the lovely, lively, and lyrical sounds of Italy, notably the music that Italian immigrants brought with them and later produced in America. Working with two other superb players, both Italian-born -- mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and Beppe Gambetta on guitar and harp-guitar -- Grisman interprets music from many sources, including traditional tunes, opera pieces, jazz numbers, and melodies written by Italian composers specifically for the mandolin ( “The Godfather Waltz” from film composer Nino Rota even finds its way in.) The result is a gorgeous and emotive recording that shines a light on a ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
With Traversata, mandolin virtuoso David Grisman sets his eclectic sights on the lovely, lively, and lyrical sounds of Italy, notably the music that Italian immigrants brought with them and later produced in America. Working with two other superb players, both Italian-born -- mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and Beppe Gambetta on guitar and harp-guitar -- Grisman interprets music from many sources, including traditional tunes, opera pieces, jazz numbers, and melodies written by Italian composers specifically for the mandolin ( “The Godfather Waltz” from film composer Nino Rota even finds its way in.) The result is a gorgeous and emotive recording that shines a light on a musical genre that has stayed too long in the shadows. Grisman brings the same joy and vigor to these Italian melodies as he does to bluegrass, klezmer, Latin, and the instrumental fusion of his own making that he calls “Dawg music.” He can now proudly add yet another dimension of sound to his repertoire.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
David Grisman has a habit of bringing like-minded musicians into his Acoustic Disc studio and recording eclectic, intelligent music. While noted for his skilled mandolin playing, he has also shown an interest in musical history. Like the Tone Poems series, Traversata travels into the past to re-introduce lost treasures. This time he's joined by fellow mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and guitarist Beppe Gambetta for 15 Italian-American instrumentals from the early 20th century. Also similar to the Tone Poems series, a straightforward mix produces a clean sound and makes it easy to keep tabs on the players. There's a bouncy version of Nick Lucas' "Pickin' the Guitar" that reminds one of a tasty tune by Norman Blake or Doc Watson. Grisman and Aonzo quietly compliment one another on the melancholy "Study for Two Mandolins," while Gambetta offers nice lead work on Eddie Lang's "April Kisses." Traversata flows with ease from track to track, creating a rich tapestry of acoustic music. Detailed liner notes give information on musicians, composers, and the music itself. Traversata was a term used by turn-of-the-century Italians to describe their journey to the United States, and this album represents a similar musical journey shared by these three artists. This is a lovely recording, respectful of its source material and inspiring in its execution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949104725
  • Catalog Number: 47
  • Sales rank: 290,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Costumi Siciliani - Gambetta (4:08)
  2. 2 O Mio Babbino Caro - Gambetta (2:20)
  3. 3 Idillio Primaverile - Gambetta (2:53)
  4. 4 Manzanillo - Gambetta (2:23)
  5. 5 L'Onda - Gambetta (4:04)
  6. 6 Tarantella Op. 18 - Gambetta (3:04)
  7. 7 Intermezzo - Gambetta (3:04)
  8. 8 Pickin' the Guitar - Gambetta (3:43)
  9. 9 Violinata (Violin Serenade) - Gambetta (2:40)
  10. 10 Study For Two Mandolins - Gambetta (3:30)
  11. 11 Valtzer Fantastico - Gambetta (5:34)
  12. 12 The Godfather Waltz - Gambetta (2:55)
  13. 13 Mazurka VI Op. 141 - Gambetta (2:55)
  14. 14 Serenato "A Ballo" - Gambetta (3:14)
  15. 15 April Kisses - Gambetta (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Grisman Primary Artist, Mandolin, Mandola
Radim Zenkl Mandocello
Beppe Gambetta Guitar, Harp Guitar
Carlo Aonzo Mandolin
Technical Credits
Giacomo Puccini Composer
David Dennison Engineer
David Grisman Producer, Song Notes
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Paul Stubblebine Engineer, Mastering
Beppe Gambetta Producer, Song Notes
Carlo Aonzo Producer, Song Notes
Julie Chase Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gambetta & Aonzo should be WORLD FAMOUS!

    This CD (and to exaggerate only a little - ALL of Gambetta's work) is INCREDIBLE. Listen to it casually or with an intensely critical ear - either way it is a totally stimulating and completely satisfying experience and yet it still leaves you wanting MORE!? The in-depth historical liner notes, and Gambetta's knowledge OF and passion FOR the music, combined with Aonzo's brilliant ''mandolino virtuoso'' (technicality WITH passion) never cease to amaze the listener. Just when you think they've ''peaked'' another sublime piece begins! (Note: The previews don't do this CD justice - they rarely do with acoustic or ''period'' intruments such as these - but preview 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 for a real assortment) The addition of another of Gambetta's talented ''friends'', Grisman, puts the ''cherry in the cannolo''! Everything is put into perfect perspective (and it's a REAL learning experience) when one reads the history of ''Traversata'' while listening to each piece...but one doesn't have to, to ENJOY the music. This is one GREAT CD and it's a wonder that no one -(are you listening PBS???)- has made an in-depth study of the interesting and entertaining material and personalities documented in it. Buy it, enjoy it, spread the word!!!

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