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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Biesterfeldt: Urban Mandolin

Read "Urban Mandolin" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bluegrass instruments like the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle have long been associated genres outside of the high lonesome. This instrumentation has also permeated the jazz and classical worlds as evidenced by the lifetimes of David Grisman, Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements, Joe Venuti, Bob Wills and on and on. Mandolinist Chris Biesterfeldt places himself in ...

ARTICLE: HARDLY STRICTLY JAZZ

John Hartford: Aereo Plain/Morning Bugle - The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings

Read "John Hartford: Aereo Plain/Morning Bugle - The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings" reviewed by Skip Heller

John Hartford
Aereo Plain/Morning Bugle: The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings
Real Music
2012

This 1971 album was to the emerging newgrass movement approximately was Bill Evans' Village Vanguard recordings were to jazz piano trios: the flexible blueprint for the genre. Evans and singer/multi-instrumentalist John Hartford both successfully found ways to dissolve ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jenny Scheinman: Some Serious Mischief

Read "Jenny Scheinman: Some Serious Mischief" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's often the case that the most interesting music is made by musicians with a broad musical palette and openness to new paths and horizons. Violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman certainly qualifies in both regards. Equally at home playing folk tunes or working in essentially modern jazz setups, Scheinman also jumps at the chance to play with classical ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Lage: Stepping Into the Limelight

Read "Julian Lage: Stepping Into the Limelight" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A documentary film made in 1996 centers on an eight year-old guitarist who is already a professional and how he mixes that life with everything else, like family and being a kid. At one point, he's shown playing the guitar behind his neck, a la Jimi Hendrix, adroitly picking a melodic line. At another, he lays ...