Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Jazz, Pop
The question is, is Mark O'Connor jazz or country? Probably a little bit of both, but for my money, I'd put him under jazz. This is an unusual album and the first he did for Warner Brothers Records after a stint with Round... more »
The question is, is Mark O'Connor jazz or country? Probably a little bit of both, but for my money, I'd put him under jazz. This is an unusual album and the first he did for Warner Brothers Records after a stint with Rounder Records. It is making its worldwide CD debut.
Member CD Reviews
Bridget S. (Vassar) from PLYMOUTH, IN
Reviewed on 3/27/2009...
I really enjoyed this Mark O'Connor album. This is not for people who only enjoy Mark's traditional fiddle music. All of the songs on here are a mixture of folk, jazz, new age, and rock. Mark adds an electric guitar and a synthasizer to a few tunes which gives it the rock/new age feel. He also plays the mandolin, hammered dulcimer, and bass on here besides guitar and fiddle.
A Master In The Making
Star Thrower | 03/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1985 recording was made on the heels of O'Connor's experience touring and recording with the Dixie Dregs. Some of the high energy compositions like My Celebration, and Court Suite reflect the influence of Dregs guitarist and leader Steve Morse. Dregs drummer Rod Morganstein guests on a few tracks.
I've always enjoyed this album and I find it to be an exhilarating listening experience. The album is chock full of great melodies and incredible musicianship. Not unlike his earlier Rounder release False Dawn, Mark handles most of the instruments including violin, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolins, and bass. O'Connor rarely produces this kind of multi instrumental extravaganza today, so this one holds a special place for me.
As far as I'm concerned, all of the pieces are memorable with the exception of the album closer. A short synth driven new wave sounding melody. It sounds like an afterthought, and the technology is awfully dated at this point.
It's hard not to like many of the other excellent and inspired pieces like Folktunes, Bowl Of Bula, Irish Maiden, and a great sounding fingerpicked guitar medley that includes Amazing Grace/Will The Circle Be Unbroken/Taps.
If you've come to Mark O'Connor's music late, you might want to take a trip back in time a give this a listen. I don't expect you'll be disappointed."
5 Stars for A Bowl of Bula
Carol Greco | Sarasota, FL | 03/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We were so happy to be able to own this on a C. D. this year!
When we moved from Santa Cruz, CA to FL, I left the vinyl thinking no problem to buy on C. D. but a long wait and thank you! The music is very uplifting and spirals happy thoughts."