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    I could listen to that a lot more. Blue Jazz yea. Or Grass Jazz, Maybe Blue Bop????
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    1. That was a lot better than I thought it would be.

    2. Is that a small lady and a big mandolin? Or a mandola?

    3. Capo alert!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycat View Post
    2. Is that a small lady and a big mandolin? Or a mandola?

    3. Capo alert!!
    Octave mandolin; is it a Weber? Can't quite make out the logo, but there aren't too many F-model OM' around.

    Haven't heard anyone "dis" putting a capo on an OM, but then haven't seen too many OM's in a bluegrass band/jam -- other than the wonderful ladies Sierra Hull (that's her in the vid) and Sara Jarosz.
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    I'm digging it.
    Dear sir, I am terribly sorry, but I fear I must inform you that what you are playing is most certainly not any part of anything.

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    I met that guy at Galax this year. He's been gigging with some friends of mine (Danny Knicely and Rex McGee).
    To me, it sounded like he had total control of his instrument. He could put the note wherever he wanted it in time and in tune, from a whisper to a roar, played with consummate taste... great musician, has obviously put in the work and time to get that good.

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    I can't for the life of me figure out how anyone can actually play one of those things,,but that guy is pretty good,not the same old sax riffs that you always hear...

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    Cool video, and cool fbv code!
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    One Saturday night at a jam in Jersey a guy showed up with a clarinet. He took a break on Foggy Mountain Breakdown that was as good or better than anybody else that night. I stood in awe. Actually I sat in awe.
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    When our fiddle player has plugged in (compared to using mic) and I listen to a recording of event, I've said it almost sounds like a saxamophone.

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    I liked it.

    And I'm happy no one had made a "no part of nuthin' " joke yet!

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    Note my signature. Bluegrass sax, sure. Bluegrass flute, most definitely! Heck, even my mandolin works for bluegrass.
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    Great video!
    There's a guy who lives up in the hills here who goes by the name Saxophone Paul. He comes to jams about once a month and just rips it up. Everyone there has to raise their level of playing just to try to keep up with him.
    Total blast!

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    I kind of like the “Bluejazz” moniker!
    A steady diet of it might get a little old butso can a steady diet of anything! Controlled is exactly the term I’d use to describe his saxophone work.it would be a ball to play with him, I have a flautest buddy who also plays mandolin, he’s really talented and a scream to spend time with. He would love this little jam.
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    Very cool!

    Did no one else catch the cat giving the last word of approval there? (...To which Sierra agreed.)
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    Yow. No thread on this subject would be complete without "Chris Miller plays Noam Pikelny plays Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe"! What a hoot -- this is an absolute classic!!

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    Wouldn't be a bit surprised to hear that someone has turned her on to some of the Swedish and Nordic folk/folk-rock bands.

    Saw Swedish band Hoven Droven back in 1996 at Kaustinen Finland when they had both a trumpet and sax player. This one, Köttpolska ("Meat Polska") is "Heavy...(Heavy), Duty..(duty), Heavy Duty .....Folk and Roll!"



    Here they are again 5 years later, playing rather "unplugged", with sax only.


    Another one, this time posted as a link to get beyond the 3 video limit per response, "Sväng" - Hoven Droven
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV-wl7Gu8yU

    Here's a Swedish trio called Bäsk, which includes a guy who plays soprano and baritone saxes. He also played with Den Fule, as did the flutist Jonas Simonson (who is also in one of my favorite Swedish bands Groupa)



    and here is a track, "Polonäs från Sexdrega" off the Bäsk CD.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOAmnL-KpcE

    But you can't forget the great Irish band Moving Hearts which featured a "reed section" of Paddy Keenan (Uilleann pipes) and Keith Donald (soprano sax), nor the outstanding Martin Carthy(guitar/mandolin)/John Kirkpatrick(accordion/concertina) led English folk quintet Brass Monkey, which featured trumpet, trombone and harmonica/sax!

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    That is Eddie Barbash. I was played a couple tunes at the Mona's Monday night jam in NYC a few months ago. He walked in with that case and I said to myself "that ain't no part a nuthin." But then he played it is was definitely a part of somethun. He is great and also was on the house band of the Colbert show for a while. May still be. Great tasteful "picker".

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    Nicer than I expected, and I’d call it ‘jazz grass’.

    Can’t hear the harmony vocals though.
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    Love it...

    I have to say, that's one of the things I really like about the Cafe', its staff's leadership and its members.

    Maybe it's because the mandolin has a very broad history in lots of genre.

    Or maybe it's because of the leadership of the Cafe' staff.

    But whatever it is, the level of acceptance and of appreciation for a huge variety of music here is very pleasant, and it is a breath of fresh air compared to a number of other forums on which I've spent time.

    That is also contributing a lot to my personal growing interest in the mandolin.

    Thanks -- all -- for that!
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    The sax was cool. This, however, still terrifies me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Eschliman View Post
    The sax was cool. This, however, still terrifies me...

    Bluegrass trombone? Oh I'm in, and you think Banjos are loud :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandocrucian View Post
    ...Moving Hearts which featured a "reed section" of Paddy Keenan (Uilleann pipes) ...
    Wasn't that Davy Spillane playing with the Moving Hearts? - just saying...
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    What I like most about Eddie's playing is that he does a great job blending the volume, tone and attack of the sax with the acoustic instruments. I've played some bluegrass, old time and fiddle tunes with a couple of really good sax players who could not blend with a string band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Haywood View Post
    What I like most about Eddie's playing is that he does a great job blending the volume, tone and attack of the sax with the acoustic instruments. I've played some bluegrass, old time and fiddle tunes with a couple of really good sax players who could not blend with a string band.
    Same goes with accordion players. There is an accordion player who lives near here who has such amazing control of her volume and timing. She is a joy to play with on traditional tunes, bluegrass, gypsy jazz. I played with another accordion player here in Boulder yesterday who couldn't play any softer than a car horn. He's a great player solo, but just can't seem to integrate into a stringband.

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