Play, Fiddle, Play: Jazz Violin Classics

Play, Fiddle, Play: Jazz Violin Classics

by Matt Glaser Quintet


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Play, Fiddle, Play: Jazz Violin Classics

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1992
Label: Flying Fish Records
UPC: 0018964055523
catalogNumber: 70555

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Glaser Quintet   Primary Artist
Matt Glaser   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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