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Bruce Graybill - The Bell Effect

By Mandolin Cafe
July 15, 2012 - 11:30 pm

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Bruce Graybill - The Bell Effect

Bruce Graybill - The Bell Effect

Mandolinist Bruce Graybill, a two-time Walnut Valley Festival Mandolin Champion and former President of the Classical Mandolin Society of America has announced the release of his second recording, The Bell Effect.

The project takes its name as a tribute to his friend, the late Arkansas guitarist Ray Bell, a well known performer and author.

On the recording Graybill is accompanied by Ray Bell on guitar and James Albright on bass for a collection of jazz standards and pop tunes, some which employ advanced classical techniques such as duo-style.

Ain't Misbehavin
Someone To Watch Over Me
Autumn Leaves
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Time In a Bottle
All Of Me
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Meggie's Theme
What a Wonderful World

From the recording: Someone To Watch Over Me.

From the CD liner notes:

This recording is dedicated to Ray Bell, who left this earth in November of 2008. Ray was my concert partner and musical mentor for more than a decade. Our concert schedule was limited to a few concerts a year, but spanned North America from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to San Diego, CA.

As a young man, Ray traveled by train from Little Rock, Arkansas to St. Louis, Missouri to study Guitar with Mel Bay. He toured in his late teens with the Clyde (sugar blues) McCoy Band and the band of Ray (Young Man with a Horn) Anthony, but quickly tired of road life and returned to Little Rock to begin a 49 year career as a Guitar instructor, performing musician, writer for Mel Bay Publications, and music arranger.

Ray arranged hundreds of musical pieces and transcribed thousands during his career. Few recordings of Ray exist, and I was fortunate to have started a recording project with him several years ago. Three selections on this CD were recorded with Ray as 'scratch tracks,' intended as a base timeline for recording perfected tracks. They were his arrangements of Somewhere, Maria and Meggie's Theme. Although these tracks were first reads, the feeling of Ray's arranging comes alive, along with his breath sounds on the tracks. Most of the other nine tracks were recorded live in the studio with Mandolin and Bass to keep the live feel of interplay between the musicians. I will always be grateful for the all too short 12 years I was able to play with Ray, and the wealth of knowledge and experience he freely shared with me.

 — Bruce Graybill

Bruce exclusively plays Mandolins and Guitars built by Sound to Earth Ltd., maker of Weber fine acoustic instruments.

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