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Album Review

The David Grisman Quintet's eponymous debut was a stunning achievement, capturing a pivotal point in newgrass history. It was a record that opened up new rhythmic textures and instrumental textures, specifically new, jazzier ways to solo. Grisman — who wrote the majority of the compositions — arranged each number as a way for his quintet to shine instrumentally, as a way for each musician to demonstrate their innovative skills. It's not traditional bluegrass — these instrumental recordings draw as equally from folk, rock, and country as they do from bluegrass — but it was a thrilling new variation on the form that broke down countless doors for the genre.

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The David Grisman Quintet Revisited

This album is one that I had on LP back when it originally came out. I had been playing guitar for some time but was just beginning to get into flatpicking and soloing in bluegrass. I don't remember how I ran across it at that time, but I do remember the shock and thrill I felt at hearing the textures, progressive ideas and chord changes when I listened to it. The outstanding way that Grisman wrote the tunes and the masterful way that the ensemble executed them opened up a whole new realm of listening for me. from the incredible licks of Tony Rice, who I was most interested in hearing right through toe entire band it is an album that will always be one of my favorites. David Grisman's playing is sensitive, energetic, brilliantely thought out, and freshly creative at the same time. I had the chance to hear him play in Winfield at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival and it was one of the fondest memories of 26 years of the festival for me. I have another recording of Tony Rice and John Carlini performing "Fish Scale" on a duet album and although it is incredible the way they play, I always find myself longing for the recording of it on this album. Don't wait! Buy this album. One of My all time favorites!

Harbinger of a New Age

Perhaps you enjoy the standouts of today's vibrant jamgrass scene such as the Yonder Mountain String Band. Or maybe you simply can’t resist richly interwoven compositional strings work in the legendary vein of Bela Fleck or Edgar Meyer, this is one purchase you cannot afford to miss. The pacing and lyricism of the album is playful yet profound, with delightful aural spotlights that halo each contributing member of this ground-breaking quintet. If you’re a newcomer to David Grisman you’ll hardly believe that this recording is now nearly 30 years old, due both to its jazz-infused stylings as well as the impressive sound quality that awaits you. With Autumn nearly here, put this one on your iPod before hitting the road to see relatives for the Holidays or making that annual leaf-peeping sojourn to the Northeast US. You'll thank me and impress your traveling companions!

If You Can Only Have One David Grisman CD - This is it!

This album is the original "Dawg" recording. It's NOT bluegrass. It is a classic for anyone one who loves the mandolin, jazz and a hint of bluegrass. A must have. I've worn out an Album, Cassette, and this is always in my CD player.


Born: March 23, 1945 in Hackensack, NJ

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

David Grisman is normally associated with the bluegrass wing of country music, but his music owes almost as much to jazz as it does to traditional American folk influences. Because he couldn't think of what to call his unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz without leaning toward one idiom or another, he offhandedly decided to call it "dawg music" — a name which, curiously enough, has stuck. A brilliant mandolinist, with roots deep in the...
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