by Tom Rigney


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A lot has changed since the mid-'70s when Tony Rice and David Grisman started playing new acoustic music. 25 years later, the genre has expanded to include electric instruments and a broad range of musical styles. Violinist Tom Rigney and his bandmates take advantage of this eclecticism on Metamorphosis. The opener, "New Moon," is highlighted by Latin percussion, acoustic guitars, and lovely violin work, while "Guiness and Gumbo" adds electric guitar, saxophone, and congas. An organ creates a nice atmospheric backdrop for "Mazatlan," while a clarinet inserts an Eastern European flavor into "The Hour of the Cat." These pieces, and Rigney's overall approach, is unassuming. It's also odd, in a good way, that all of these diverse instruments -- clarinets, accordions, and electric guitars -- blend so well together. One imagines that Danny Caron's electric guitar would be incongruous -- too loud -- for "The Hour of the Cat," but instead it adds an unexpected and welcome touch. Metamorphosis also works well because of Rigney's constant shifting of arrangements. Obviously individual arrangements were chosen because they worked well with a particular instrumental, but the juxtaposition of acoustic and electric arrangements keeps the music fresh. Fans of new acoustic music with a broad approach will enjoy Metamorphosis all the way to the final track.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Parhelion Records
UPC: 0617765000925
catalogNumber: 50009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Rigney   Primary Artist
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica
John Burr   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Danny Caron   Electric Guitar
Jerry Cortez   Electric Guitar
Nina Gerber   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Paquin   Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Rubboard
Jim Rothermel   Clarinet,Saxophone
Jimmy Sanchez   Percussion,Drums
Michael Spiro   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
Dix Bruce   Mandolin
Ron Borelli   Accordion
Valerie Rose   Vocals
Paul Rogers   Accordion

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Paul Bley   Composer
Tom Rigney   Producer,Engineer,Artwork
Haroldo Lobo   Composer
Nim Polanetska   Composer

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