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    Hi all,

    I want to listen to some good mandolin while at the office, but anything with lyrics distracts me from my work.

    What are your favorite instrumental albums that feature mandolin?
    Primarily looking for Old-Time, but open to all suggestions.

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    If you'd like some great Irish strings including tenor banjo as well as mandolin, check out Strings Attached by Mick Moloney. I only recently found out about this terrific older album and since I play tenor banjo and mandolin I ran right out (metaphorically) and bought it. Mick is a real master and listening to this will really get the feel for Irish instrumental music into your head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Busman View Post
    If you'd like some great Irish strings including tenor banjo as well as mandolin, check out Strings Attached by Mick Moloney... Mick is a real master and listening to this will really get the feel for Irish instrumental music into your head.
    That's great, Paul. Thanks! I have an Irish Tenor banjo and have been wanting to listen to more of that, too.
    Yes, getting stuff in my head is just the sort of thing I'm looking for.
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    Marla Fibish - ITM again but well worth a listen.

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    In no particular order, and some may be out of print:

    Lou Martin-Recent Work
    Andy Statman-Andy's Ramble
    Bill Monroe - Master of Bluegrass
    John Reischman-Walk Along John
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    Peter Ostroushko's Mandolin Quartet, 'The Mando Boys'.
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    Been listening to Sam Bush and Alan Munde "Together Again for the First Time" lately.

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    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman did an album around 1979 or so that's one of my all time favorites. Not much old time, but lots of hot club style jazz, and all instrumental.
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    Pete Martin has several instrumental cd's that I really like. Check these out at pete@petimarpress.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Pete Martin has several instrumental cd's that I really like. Check these out at pete@petimarpress.com
    Thanks so much, yankees1! I found the cds at this link and I found videos at this link, here.
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    I'm a big fan of everything that Matt Flinner has done. I'd say start with the "Winter Harvest" album:


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    Anything by Simon Mayor. "New Celtic Mandolin" is a favorite of mine. I think they are all available on iTunes or Amazon. No commercial interest to me.
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    Probably this one, if I had to pick one: Chris Thile and Mike Marshall "Live duets." Two crazy, amazing mandolin players left alone without backing instruments or genre shackles to do their thing. Here are some previews on the Amazon download page. Buy the whole album, it's amazing:

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    Although it is often thought of as a "fiddle album," Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe is a tremendous instrumental tour de force. I am also partial to the first David Grisman Quintet album, and Grisman and Taylor Live at Wigmore Hall. But those are bluegrassy and jazzy; for an old-time feel, Tone Poems is a great choice.
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    Mark Beale, "Ardent Spirit"

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    Ardent Spirit features 14 original instrumentals performed by Mark Beale on mandolin, guitar and acoustic lap steel. Drawing from bluegrass, blues, and jazz, the term Jazz-Grass may describe this style best. From the Latin-influenced "Ode to Brazil" to the reverence of "Presence of God", the feeling here is soulful, sincere, and personal. "Muddy Bottom" takes us through a dark bayou and the 3 minute mandolin solo on "Emperor's Blues" is worth the price of admission alone.

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    If you want to hear superb Serbian flamenco playing odd meters in Bulgarian and Macedonian music, check out Vlatko Stefanovksi and Miorslav Tadic on the CD 'Krushevo'. See if you can emulate the style on mandolin. Chris Thile and Mike Marshall get close.

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    Two I never get tired of:

    Road Trip - John Reischman & John Miller (listen to that tone!)
    Into the Cauldron - Mike Marshall & Chris Thile

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    It ain't Necessarily Square Homer and Jethro ..... Mark O'Conner Thirty Year Retrospective ..... R/
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    Have the Tone Poems albums already been mentioned?
    Tone Poems 1: Grisman/Tony Rice-Oldtime
    Tone Poems 2: Grisman/Martin Taylor-Jazz

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    For old time the Buckhannon brothers albums can't be beat. Also Adam Tanner's new 'Appalachian Fiddle Tunes for Solo Mandolin' (a bargain download from his site) is terrific.
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Norman Blake, Natasha's Waltz. Only one vocal tune in that CD, very mando-centric, very old-timey.

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    Check out the Foghorn Stringband. They always have several instrumental pieces (fiddle tunes) on their records, about as many as the vocal pieces. And Klauder's mandolin work is always great.
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