This CD marked the beginning of mandolin master David Grisman's own label, giving him the complete freedom he had sought so long to record as he wished. His continuously fascinating blend of elements of jazz, gypsy music, and bluegrass with additional influences help all ten compositions remain fresh after numerous hearings. The campy "Learned Pigs" and the delightful "Hot Club Swing" (with the obvious flavor of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli) are among the many strong tracks. The supporting cast includes guitarist John Carlini, fiddlers Mark O'Connor and Matt Glaser, and a trio of incredible musicians who continued to make a number of great recordings with Grisman after this gem: flutist Matt Eakle, bassist Jim Kerwin, and the unbelievably talented Joe Craven, who is not only the perfect percussionist for Grisman's "Dawg" music, but is also an outstanding fiddler as well. Anyone who enjoys masterful music should forget about trying to pigeonhole Grisman into any preconceived category and just go out and buy this incredible release.
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Dawg '90 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dawg 90 This 1990 David Grisman recording is interesting for several reasons. It was the first release of what are now dozens on Grisman's Acoustic Disc label. It was also the debut of the core of Grisman's new Quintet that has lasted for many years and is now the David Grisman Sextet. He also enlisted former member Mark O'Connor to play violin on several numbers. These tunes encompass new acoustic and swing jazz styles. I am not a good judge of this kind of instrumental music; I find it hard to say if one CD is better than another. I do like this set just on its merits and will give it 4 stars. It is probably a good starting place for those interested in the non traditional part of the Dawg's prolific output