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Album Review

It's no wonder that mandolinist David Grisman came up with the name "Dawg Music" to describe his style of playing, which draws from bluegrass, jazz, and many other forms of music. This 1978 recording has long been a favorite of Grisman's fans, as all of the compositions and performances have stood the test of time. Grisman's lively "Dawg's Bull" and guitarist Tony Rice's upbeat "Devlin'" set a high standard at the opening of the album, yet the remaining tracks continue to meet the high watermark of the first two songs. In addition to Rice's presence throughout the recording, Grisman utilizes five different bassists (only one song, "Dawgology," features two of them together), violinist Darol Anger, mandolinist Mike Marshall, and on two selections, the jazz violin master Stéphane Grappelli.

Customer Reviews

Long lost friend

What an amazing "album"! I knew it on vinyl and it is a true gem. Times change and now it will live on my iPod and be enjoyed often. The layers of interwoven rhythms and melodic lines take me to a place that little music can. Sit back and enjoy!

This album changed my life

Athens, Ohio, 1979. I bought this on vinyl at the recommendation of a bluegrass musician who picked me up hitch-hiking on the way back from Kent to OU. From the first few notes I was hooked on bluegrass in general and the David Grisman Quintet in particular. I actually remember thinking "Oh my God, this is what I've been looking for." More than 30 years later, most of the music in my collection is bluegrass or a variation on it like this. It actually became a test for women I was dating. I knew I was going to marry the woman who became my wife when I put this on the car stereo and she reached over and turned it up. In my opinion it Grisman's best work, and with Tony Rice and Stephane Grappelli to boot how can you go wrong?

hot diggidy damn!!!

Very good!!! Swingin' through and thru...if you like Dawg a nova then this is a must have ... if you like Grisman then you wont be disipointed...I mean have Tony Rice and David Grisman ever steered you wrong?


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 Quintet...
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