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Brian Oberlin - Solo Swing

By Mandolin Cafe
June 3, 2011 - 7:30 am

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Brian Oberlin - Solo Swing

Brian Oberlin - Solo Swing

Solo Swing is a new project from Brian Oberlin, Music Director of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra and host and founder of the River of the West Mandolin Camp.

On Solo Swing Oberlin accompanies himself on mandolin and covers a number of familiar jazz standards.

"This record is one of the few to pursue solo mandolin in the swing idiom since Jethro's Tea For One LP from decades ago. The fact that all of this is presented spontaneously and combine with great vocals adds up to quite an unusual musical achievement," said jazz mandolin legend Don Stiernberg in the liner notes.

Deed I Do
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
I Found a Four-Leaf CLover
Pretty When It's New
Along the Navajo Trail
Sally Goodin'
Russian Lullaby
San Francisco Bay Blues
New Orleans
Is it True What They Say About Dixie
Gridiron Heroes (Stadium Version)

Oberlin has also released Onward, a project with bassist Josh Feinberg that was not yet available for purchase at the time of this publication.

Additional information:
Purchase: From amazon.com
Purchase: From Elderly
River of the West Mandolin Camp


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June 03, 2011 09:39 AM
I coundn't decide whether to post this comment or buy the CD first! This is wonderful jazz mandolin. I have everything Jethro ever recorded, most of Don Stiernberg's albums, Will Patton, Paul Glasse, Grisman with Martin Taylor, etc. This will go on my Jazz Mandolin CD shelf with them - and hold its own. I play jazz mando in the Philadelphia area. This is what I wish I sounded like!
Larry S Sherman
June 04, 2011 07:39 PM
I'm totally loving this CD. Great singing, but Brian's unaccompanied breaks are both a joy to listen to and a treasure chest of improv ideas just waiting to explore on your own. You can always hear where he is in the changes, even without bass or rhythm instruments. He seamlessly moves between lead and rhythm with taste and style, all in support of the songs.

Great stuff!

Ed Rosney
June 05, 2011 05:06 PM
I highly recommend this album. An excellent demonstration of the mandolin's versatility, and Brian's performace (singing and playing) is top-notch throughout.
Ed Goist
June 05, 2011 11:32 PM
Fantastic! What remarkable tone he's getting.
I'm sure his tone comes mostly from his fine technique, but does anyone know what he's playing? Here is a delightful video of one of the songs off of this album...Is that a Collings MF5?

June 07, 2011 10:51 AM
Thank you all for the nice comments on the album. The truth is I went into the studio on a rainy, Portland Tuesday in December, 2010 and tried to record the album. I played for three unsuccessful hours; and it felt like attempting to pry music from a can with no can-opener, knife, or even a rock. It was pitiful, I left the studio dejected. I came back the next day and recorded the entire album within 3 hours and most of the keepers were the first takes. Must have been the shot of espresso. ?

Ed, I play a 2006 Collins MF5V. My only purchase from E-bay.

This album is a double album. The other is the same thing except swinging Christmas tunes. Set for release in October 2011.
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