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Album Review

Despite the musicianship and some colorful moments, this duo set by mandolinists David Grisman and Andy Statman (essentially melodic free improvisations) misses a rhythm section. The song titles (which include "Two White Boys Watching James Brown at the Apollo," "Journey to the Center of Twang" and the two-part "March of the Mandolas") are more colorful than the music, and although not without interest, this is one of David Grisman's least memorable recordings.

Customer Reviews

Just giving brilliance its credit

I didn't download this because i already have owned it for quite some time, and when i lost the CD, i bought a new one. I just wanted to make sure it got the five stars it deserves...

This is real music, when people have mastered the technical skills, and can begin to talk with one another with their instruments. True brilliance.


Born: 1950 in New York, NY

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Born in Brooklyn but taught bluegrass through mandolin lessons, Andy Statman initially gained recognition in the bluegrass field by working with Country Cooking and co-founding Breakfast Special. His Bill Monroe and Jesse McReynolds influences are especially clear on Andy's Ramble, a 1994 release with Statman supported by an ensemble including Vassar Clements, Kenny Kosek, and Tony Trischka. Having received considerable acclaim for his mandolin playing, Statman became interested in exploring his...
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