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First Time Together! David Grisman, Martin Taylor & Frank Vignola

By Mandolin Cafe
October 26, 2012 - 2:30 pm

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First Time Together! - David Grisman, Martin Taylor & Frank Vignola

First Time Together! - David Grisman, Martin Taylor & Frank Vignola

San Rafael, Calif. — For the first time ever, guitar titans Martin Taylor and Frank Vignola got together in Dawg Studios with mandolinist, producer and old friend David Grisman and bassist Samson Grisman to play some music and have a good old time.

In one day-long session, this brand new quartet recorded the dozen tunes which comprise this collection released through Acoustic Oasis.

The repertoire spans the great American songbook with showtunes, Surrey With The Fringe On Top from Oklahoma, standards from Avalon to Poinciana, as well as originals by Martin, (Seraphina) Dawg (Swang Thang) and Lennon-McCartney's Michelle. The playing is relaxed and stellar and the HD recording is a sonic delight.

Available only as high definition audio download from Acoustic Oasis, song samples are large files that may take up to five minutes to load on slower connections.

Martin Taylor - guitar (right channel)
Frank Vignola - guitar (left channel)
David Grisman - mandolin
Samson Grisman - bass

Listen: Diane, from the recording.

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Scott Tichenor
October 26, 2012 02:41 PM
I've heard this entire recording and it's a 10 in my book. Terrific playing all around. Man, Sam Grisman is a real cat on bass. Look out!

Highly recommended for string jazz lovers.
Ron McMillan
October 26, 2012 11:26 PM
This should be wonderful. Martin Taylor is pure genius - as anyone who toured for years with Stephane Grappelli would have to be. I saw him play live at a concert venue in Scotland a few years ago. One man, one guitar - and an entire audience eating out of his hands. Superb guitarist.

Anyone unfamiliar with his work might want to look up his Spirit of Django CD. I really look forward to hearing him playing with Grisman & Co.

December 31, 2012 06:15 AM
Is there a way to tell Martin Taylor from Frank Vignola? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I can tell Grisman because he plays mandolin but I wonder who I'm hearing when it's a guitar solo. Any ideas on how they organize their rounds? Both Taylor and Vignola are so versatile, I don't know who's who.
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