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Album Review

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso: Segunda Vez

Read "Segunda Vez" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Segunda Vez comes a decade after this group's eponymous debut--a forty minute album featuring quintet and septet performances. Here, mandolinist Mike Marshall expands the length and breadth of the work while contracting the size of the group; all seventeen tracks on this seventy-plus minute program feature the same quartet--Marshall on mandolin, Andy Connell on clarinet and soprano saxophone, Colin Walker on 7-string guitar, and Brian Rice on pandeiro and other percussion. On the surface, Segundo Vez is ...

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Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso: Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso

Read "Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso" reviewed by John Kelman


Sometimes a single form or idea can yield a broad range of interpretations and a surprising number of results. Pianist Tord Gustavsen, on Changing Places , examined a particular tempo and mood, investigating the subdivisions within, while trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, on Soul of Things professed each movement to be a different view of the same song. Mike Marshall and his group Choro Famoso (well, actually two groups) mines the depths of the Brazilian choro and comes up with an album, ...

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Mike Marshall/Jovino Santos Neto: Serenata: The Music of Hermeto Pascoal

Read "Serenata: The Music of Hermeto Pascoal" reviewed by John Kelman


Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal has never sounded this good; well, at least he has never sounded this consistently accessible, and that’s a good thing and a bad thing. Good, because it will hopefully introduce a broader audience to the music of this under-appreciated artist; bad, because it will give that audience a misguided idea about what he is all about. Serenata: The Music of Hermeto Pascoal , the first ever release dedicated solely to the music of “the crazy albino,” ...

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Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto: Serenata - The Music of Hermeto Pascoal

Read "Serenata - The Music of Hermeto Pascoal" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


This is the first CD entirely devoted to the music of Hermeto Pascoal, and it has a gentle misterioso feel to it. According to Andy Connell's liners Pascoal is variously known in his native Brazil as “the sorcerer," “the crazy albino," “the tropical forest gnome," “the bushy white- haired guy who plays pots and pans and children's squeeze toes, shovels and garden hoes, sewing machines and tea pots." He's known for writing and performing rather challenging music, but this CD ...

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Mike Marshall & Chris Thile: Into the Cauldron

Read "Into the Cauldron" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


While this recording has Mike Marshall’s name on it--and he was an instrumental member of David Grisman’s quartet--the presence of Chris Thile makes Into the Cauldron somewhat of an event. And what an event it is. Recordings like this smack of a single element—virtuosity. Here are two mandolin masters showing off in a duet style using vehicles ranging from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple From the Apple." The quality of the playing makes it sound alien or divinely ...


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