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Tommy "GCP" Emanuel & David "Dawg" Grisman: Pickin'

Read "Pickin'" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Listening to Pickin' begs why it took so long for guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and mandolinist David Grisman to collaborate. The album is not a mere showcase for the duo's considerable technical abilities but is a showcase for Grisman's phenomenal songwriting. Grisman wrote every song on the album except the standard “Sweet Georgia Brown," and the Australian drinking song “Waltzing Matilda." The album has Grisman's “Dawg Music" style, a unique mix of bluegrass, jazz, and folk, flowing through its veins. Emmanuel, ...

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David Grisman Sextet at Chautauqua Auditorium

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David Grisman Sextet Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder, Colorado August 12, 2016 Wag More, Bark Less. That's a popular bumper sticker, but it could also be a theme, a motto, a catch phrase or even the guiding philosophy for the David Grisman Sextet whenever it unleashes its very own “Dawg Music." Friday night at the Chautauqua auditorium in Boulder, there was no barking. And if the musicians had been lucky enough to have tails, the wagging would ...

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Del & Dawg at the Ryman Auditorium

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Del & Dawg Ryman Auditorium jny: Nashville, TN June 30, 2016 When the old-school country DJ Eddie Stubbs introduced the concert's starring duo, he acknowledged the lack of a suitable category, especially for David Grisman's career, which from the beginning grew well beyond classic bluegrass mandolin and steadily embraced jazz, rock, and folk styles. “Americana" is a rather bland, excessively broad marketing term, and “acoustic contemporary," besides sounding badly dated these days, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

David Grisman & Denny Zeitlin: New River

Read "New River" reviewed by David Adler

This set features two eclectic Californians, mandolinist David Grisman and pianist Denny Zeitlin, in a lively and unusual duo setting. The contrast between mandolin and piano couldn’t be greater, of course. Zeitlin’s orchestral playing, with its expansive timbral range and resonating low end, does most of the heavy lifting. Grisman’s instrument has its inherent limitations — tiny neck, circumscribed harmonic capacity, somewhat tinny sound. But Grisman is a master at wringing the unexpected from those eight strings. Not only does ...


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