iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Gator Strut by Mike Marshall, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Gator Strut

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

Mike Marshall is much like Mark O'Connor, a virtuoso on several string instruments, an innovative composer and arranger who refuses to be pigeonholed stylistically, and also an alum of David Grisman's band. Numerous Grisman alumni turn up on this 1984 release, including violinist Darol Anger, bassists Todd Phillips and Rob Wasserman, guitarist Tony Rice, and even Grisman himself, along with dobro player Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck on banjo, violinist David Balikrishan (who would later co-found the Turtle Island String Quartet with Anger), and pianist Barbara Higbie. Marshall sticks primarily to mandolin on this mostly progressive bluegrass date, though he's also heard on mandola, mandocello, violin, and guitar. Highlights include the funky original "Gator Strut," "Ravel" (a solo effort featuring the leader overdubbed on several instruments while adapting a theme by the French Impressionist composer), a joint arrangement with Anger of John Coltrane's infrequently performed "Giant Hornpipe," and a brilliant interpretation of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight."

Customer Reviews

Uh, Who?

This is clearly a Mike Marshall album, not a Darol Anger album. Mike is Darol's partner in crime on several releases and in various settings from David Grisman's Quintet early on to Montreux as well on their own releases known as "The Duo". Mike is a killer mandolin player and can fiddle like all hell too and can pen some real nice tunes. I haven't heard this particular set in a long time (I had it on vinyl) but I remember liking it. I believe Darol appears on it in support and is always a welcome addition.

Essential music

Thanks for making this available. It's amazing, both with the compositions and the performances. Mike works well with ANYONE, and the inclusion of Jerry Douglas ( who I put in the same boat) makes this even better.

Classic and one of Tony Rice's best solos

Wonderful release that goes even beyond the borders of the "Dawg" style. Tony Rices' work on "Round Midnight" is some of his best ever.

Biography

Born: July 17, 1957 in New Castle, PA

Genre: Classical

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

Mike Marshall is one of the most innovative players of new instrumental music. Initially rooted in bluegrass, Marshall has consistently explored all the possibilities of his stringed instruments. A native of Pennsylvania, Marshall grew up in Lakeland, Florida. At the age of 18, he won the Florida state fiddle and mandolin championships. After performing with the Sunshine Bluegrass Boys, Marshall relocated to the West Coast. Soon after working with David Grisman on the film score of The King of the...
Full Bio