by David Grisman Quintet



Back in 1976, mandolinist David Grisman was one of the pioneers of what would come to be called "new acoustic music," a groovy, swinging fusion of bluegrass, hot jazz, and pop played primarily by young virtuosos from California. It was a scene that gave rise to such giants as Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, and Mark O'Connor, and brought established artists like fiddler Vassar Clements and French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli to new prominence. But David Grisman's mandolin was the signature sound of the genre, and still is -- that's him you hear picking away between NPR news segments, and you've heard him in movie soundtracks and on hundreds of other people's records over the last twenty years. Of all the musicians who emerged from the new acoustic music scene, only Grisman had a subgenre named after him: "Dawg Music." This three-disc set brings together live recordings, alternate takes, and previously unreleased compositions from Grisman's tape vault. It charts the changes in his quintet from the earliest days, when it nurtured the fiery talents of the young guitarist Tony Rice and fiddler Darol Anger, to its modern incarnation, which features a percussionist and flutist. Some of the titles -- "Swing '39," "Ricochet," "Rattlesnake" -- will be familiar to new acoustic music aficionados, as will Grisman's penchant for punning titles based on his nickname ("Dawgma," "Dawggy Mountain Breakdown"). Others are more obscure, some of them deservedly so, as in the case of "Shasta Bull," an ill-conceived soda jingle. But most of these 39 tracks are delightful; among them are the two numbers the DGQ performed with Stephane Grappelli on the Tonight Show in 1979, a beautiful three-mandolin arrangement of "Ricochet," and a live version of "Mondo Mando" that features Jethro Burns and the young Kronos Quartet. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/1996
Label: Acoustic Disc
UPC: 0715949102028
catalogNumber: 20


Disc 1

  1. Introductions
  2. Cedar Hill
  3. Theme from Capone
  4. Dawg Patch
  5. Spain
  6. Shasta Bull
  7. Tipsy Gipsy
  8. Waiting on Vassar
  9. Key Signator
  10. Dawgma
  11. Swing '39
  12. Ricochet
  13. Pickin' in the Wind
  14. Because
  15. Flatbush Waltz/Opus 57
  16. Albuquerque Turkey
  17. Mondo Mando

Disc 2

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. Dawg Funk
  3. Dawggy Mountain Breakdown
  4. Free Dawg Night
  5. Syeeda's Song Flute
  6. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
  7. Steppin' with Stephane
  8. Newmonia
  9. Prelude in C Minor
  10. Latin Lover
  11. Sativa

Disc 3

  1. Svingin' with Svend
  2. Opus 38
  3. Telluride
  4. E.M.D.
  5. Blue Midnight
  6. Jazzin' with Jazzbeaux
  7. Rattlesnake
  8. Dawgnation
  9. 16/16
  10. Dawgology
  11. Shalom Aleichem

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Grisman Quintet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Tony Rice   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jethro Burns   Mandolin
Darol Anger   Mandolin,Violin
Jerry Garcia   Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Rob Wasserman   Bass
Svend Asmussen   Violin
Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali   Violin
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica
Todd Phillips   Bass,Mandolin
Jon Sholle   Guitar
Matt Glaser   Violin
Andy Statman   Mandolin
Enrique Coria   Guitar
Bill Amatneek   Bass
Hal Blaine   Percussion
Ray Brown   Bass
Jim Buchanan   Mandolin,Violin
John Carlini   Guitar
Vassar Clements   Violin
Joe Craven   Mandolin,Percussion,Violin
Diz Disley   Guitar
Matt Eakle   Flute
David Grisman   Mandolin
James Kerwin   Bass
Mike Marshall   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin
Rick Montgomery   Guitar
Mark O'Connor   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin
Eric Silver   Banjo
Dimitri Vandellos   Guitar
"Jazzbeaux" Collins   Vocals
George Marsh   Percussion

Technical Credits

Pamela Abramson   Liner Notes
David Grisman   Composer,Producer
Craig Miller   Executive Producer
D. Brent Hauseman   Artwork

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DGQ-20 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This 3 CD set is a fine assemblage of live cuts and out-takes. I think Discs 1 and 3 are the strongest. Perhaps strict editing could have made it a 2 CD set but I am not sure. What would have improved it as a retrospective are some straight bluegrass tracks and a few more vocals from some of the fine singers Grisman has worked with. A track or so with Jerry Garcia singing with David would have been welcome. That aside, anyone interested in New Acoustic music or the Dawg will want to own this collection.