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Feb-12-2005, 6:12pm
I am a huge listener of bluegrass music and bluegrass mandolin. I have been interested in jazz mandolin pickin. Can anyone send me a burnt cd or cd with some jazz mandolin on it. If you can reply or email me at PGAfan790@aol.com. Thanks. I am very interested and i don't want to spend money on something i never experienced. Thanks a bunch. Im not trying to just get a cd out of you all i just want to here some jazz mandolin before i buy some.

Feb-12-2005, 6:21pm
You can listen to some jazz mandolin on the cafe's MP3 section at this link (http://www.mandolincafe.com/mp3/).

Rick Schmidlin
Feb-12-2005, 7:22pm
Start with Jethro Burns and Tiny Moore "Back to Back" it has been released on David Grismans Acoustic Disc label.This is thee CLASSIC of mandolin jazz!

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Feb-12-2005, 8:01pm
Definitely the MP3s, there's all sort of good stuff there. When you decide to buy CDs, another good one is Angel Eyes by Don Stiernberg.

Feb-12-2005, 8:37pm
Well my computer is kind of slow so MP3's dont work great on it. But thanks for the help. I'll be looking into it.

Brad Weiss
Feb-13-2005, 11:10pm
go to harmonious wail's website (the link is on the cafe's mp3 page) for some exceptional gypsy jazz on mando.

Feb-14-2005, 12:25pm
it kinda depends.... jazz like all holistic genres encompasses so many things. there are those who like gypsy jazz, those who like standards, those who like more free form jazz approaches. harmonious wail, jethro, jazz mandolin project, grisman (to some degree), all present some approaches. check em all out and see what you think...

Feb-14-2005, 4:48pm
Listen to some horn players: John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, etc.
I'd invest in some non-mando jazz stuff - "A Love Supreme" by Coltrane and "Kind of Blue" by M. Davis are a must, imo. Also, check out guitar legend Wes Montgomery. There's sooo much more but it's fun and exciting to immerse yourself in new musical territory. When I listen to this stuff, I try to imagine the mandolin playing the same phrases. Good luck.

Feb-14-2005, 5:24pm
I certainly wouldn't call Trane's "A Love Supreme" a starter jazz album, kinda outside for starters...donchya think?...I'd go earlier in jazz history, maybe some of Miles late 50's Prestige recordings. But for a first timer who is a man'alin player I think something with a mando might be a better departure point, so maybe Grisman with Martin Taylor, Tone PoemsII might be a reasonable starter.....don't want to scare off PGAfan, jazz can be a cultivated taste, as your ear evolves more demanding material can sound interesting, but might be too much for a jazz newbie.

Feb-14-2005, 9:15pm
Listening to various horn players IS mandatory for understanding jazz - per se. But - Don Julin has been listening to horn players most of his life and his (maybe) newest adventure Lonesome Cactus Groove (http://www.midcontinentmusic.com/detail.cfm?Catalogid=1721) of the Neptune Quartet is a distillation of those years of exploration.

This is post be bop stuff - very melodic, very inventive and drop dead gorgeous music. The interplay between Cello, Bass, Guitar and Mandolin has to be heard to be believed. I've got a copy in my car, on my mini disc player, on my computer and up in my office. This one kind of snuck in under the radar a few months back and I've been waiting for someone to mention it.

As an exploration of a mandolin in jazz - YES. Definately yes. Don doesn't try to be anything but a (granted very hip) mandolin player in the band but ... it sounds as if you (me at least) could do that stuff easily. Uh huh - keep listening.

Wonderful is polite!

Feb-14-2005, 10:46pm
Let's give PGAfan a little more credit. If you love or appreciate good music of any sort, a few listens to "A love Supreme" will amaze and inspire. Coltrane's first notes to the opening of "Acknowledgement" still hits me deep down. Do not fear! PGAfan, you will not be disappointed!