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Friday, November 26, 2010

Tone Poems III - David Grisman, Bob Brozman, and Mike Auldridge

A great CD, especially for fans of National Resophonic instruments. David Grisman, with the amazing Bob Brozman, and Mike Auldridge. 

Here's a review from

David Grisman is clearly onto something with his continuing Tone Poems series. On the first volume, he was joined by Tony Rice on a set of music that illustrated the evolution of vintage instruments and bluegrass. Tone Poems II focused on jazz--standards and otherwise--using a similar lineup of coveted mandolins and guitars (this time played by Grisman and Martin Taylor). On Tone Poems III, we get to hear the gorgeous-sounding--and gorgeous-looking--resonator and slide instruments that found their popularity in the 1920s Hawaiian music craze and evolved into fixtures of blues, country, and bluegrass. The recorded sound of these Weissenborns, Gibsons, Martins, and Nationals is sublime, and the extensive liner-note photos will have instrument collectors drooling. The lineup of Grisman with guitarists Bob Brozman and Mike Auldridge is instrumental versatility defined--they tackle Jimmie Rodgers's "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia," standards ("St. Louis Blues"), even so-called newgrass ("New Steal"), along with plenty of blues and Hawaiian cuts. Priceless instruments, timeless music, and a must-have for acoustic music lovers. --Jason Verlinde

And another, from Vintage Guitar Magazine Review, November 6, 2000:

The first Tone Poems was released in 1994 and paired Grisman with bluegrass guitar legend Tony Rice. It was followed in 1995 by Tone Poems II featuring the hot jazz licks of Scots guitarist Martin Taylor. Now, mandolin fanatic Grisman has joined forces with dobro-player extraordinaire Mike Auldridge and "Mr. National" Bob Brozman to create Tone Poems III: The Sounds of the Great Slide & Resophonic Instruments. If you thrill to the sound of slide or get sentimental over a Hawaiian melody, this album is a dream come true. Auldridge needs no introduction to dobro fans. Following in Josh Graves footsteps, he was a founding member of one of the legendary modern bluegrass bands, Washington, D.C.'s the Seldom Scene. For anyone who harbored any doubts, his first, eponymous solo LP proved without a doubt that this man could play the dobro and became perhaps the classic bluegrass dobro album. Brozman of course literally wrote the book on National guitars, as well as recording fourteen albums championng their sound. His musical influences run the gamut of anyone who picked up a slide or a National, from Sol Hoopii to Oscar Aleman. The collection of instruments here is also stellar: hollow-neck koa Hawaiians, "German-silver" National tri- and single-cones, wood-bodied Dobros, Martins, Gibsons, Gretsches, Mosrites, and modern R.Q. Jones, National, Guernsey, and Bear Creek guitars, ukes, mandolins, and various creations in between. Due to their rarity and the scarcity of history on many brands and models, the 46-page liner booklet is worth the album's price alone. And then there's the music. Ages-old Hawaiian tunes, sweet early jazz, pioneering bluegrass, and boot-kicking western swing---it's a phenomenal collection of classic songs and original compositions that combine to create a musical history of slide and resophonic instruments. It just doesn't get any better than this. 

Three of my favourite musicians on one great CD............enjoy.

Nostalgia prelude
Akaka Falls
Moonlight Bay
Peach pickin' time in Georgia
St. Louis blues
Trash can stomp
Frankie and Johnny
Kohala March
Crazy rhythm
Beat biscuit blues
Great speckled bird
It happened in Monterey
Limehouse blues
Style O blues
Honolulu nights
Stompin' at the Savoy
Fort Worth drag
Just Joshin'
New steal
Las Ninas

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