By Mandolin Cafe
September 18, 2006 - 1:15 pm
David Grisman, the string master who thirty years ago revolutionized the world of acoustic string music with the first album from the David Grisman Quintet, celebrates this anniversary with the October 3rd release of Dawg's Groove. This latest release continues the enduring legacy of that historic album with all new material and a new incarnation of one of the most influential and musically innovative bands in America today.
This new chapter in DGQ history once again showcases the extraordinary musicianship and creative arranging/composing skills of David Grisman and his band members. The program of new originals begins with Dawg's latest – "Limestones," a powerful blend of traditional and modern jazz which segues into "La Grande Guignole" – an enchanting tribute to an obscure passion for French melodrama. Next is "Ella McDonnell," bassist Jim Kerwin's excitingly elegant Celtic tribute to his Irish grandmother, followed by drummer George Marsh's moving remembrance of his beloved daughter, "Waltz for Lucy." Enrique Coria's passionate guitar shines on "Zambola," a playful Dawg samba and "Tracy's Tune," a bossa portrait of a very special person – Tracy Bigelow who penned the "hip" title track – "Dawg's Groove." Matt Eakle literally tears his flute apart on his composition, "My Friend Dawg" followed by "Blues for Vassar," David's homage to his dear friend and colleague, the late Vassar Clements.
These ten masterful quintet performances were recorded live to 2-track analog by "Decibel Dave" Dennison (Pizza Tapes, Shady Grove) and are among the most sonically superior Acoustic Disc recordings ever made. A full-color booklet includes photos and a note written by David and all the band members celebrating the DGQ's illustrious thirty-year anniversary.
Also hitting the streets on October 3rd is David Grisman's debut release from his own hand-picked bluegrass band - David Grisman's Bluegrass Experience. One of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area music scene, sold out crowds have been stretching around the block for years to see the Bluegrass Experience in action.
The band includes Keith Little (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, the Country Gentleman) on 5-string banjo, guitar and vocals, Jim Nunally (John Reischmann & the Jaybirds) on guitar and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, Samson Grisman on bass and of course, David Grisman on mandolin and vocals.
The CD opens with a dynamic version of the Monroe Brothers' "I'm Rollin' On." The DGBX trio wails on the Carter Family classic, "Engine 143" as well as a unique bluegrass interpretation of Charlie Poole's "Baltimore Fire." Jim Nunally's renditions of "Down the Road" and "Ruben's Train" would make Flatt & Scruggs proud while Keith Little's eloquent delivery of both "Dream of the Miner's Child" and "Are You Afraid to Die?" (highlighted by Samson Grisman's bass solo) pay heartfelt homage to the Stanley Brothers. Rounding out this traditional bluegrass program are the Grisman favorites, "Dawggy Mountain Breakdown" (the popular theme from radio's Car Talk show) and the ever popular "Old and in the Way."
Celebrate this 30 Year Anniversary with David Grisman and Acoustic Disc as these CDs hit the streets on October 3rd.
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