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Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza is a history lesson and picking exhibition wrapped into one handsomely packaged two-CD set. Featuring eight of the world's greatest mandolinists, the music within is explosive at times, plai... more »
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Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza is a history lesson and picking exhibition wrapped into one handsomely packaged two-CD set. Featuring eight of the world's greatest mandolinists, the music within is explosive at times, plaintive at others, but always tasteful. There are solos, duets, trios, and even a few octets where all get to strut their stuff. --Marc Greilsamer
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It's not just for mandolin players, folks...
Eddie Finn | 08/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Aside from being an excellent collection of songs played by the finest mandolin players of a generation, this CD is an excellent resource for guitarists who are interested in learning how to play rhythm guitar. Del MeCoury is perhaps the master of this neglected art (along with Tony Rice, whose rhythm work is often overshadowed by his incredibly flashy lead guitar). Del's playing here is no exception - never too much, always just enough, perfectly in time. Del provides the dance floor on which Grisman, Ronnie McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Jesse McReynolds et al scoot all over the place. Lots of fun - and if you're an aspiring rhythym guitarist, take a lesson from Del and play along."
Impecable selections and outstanding virtuosity...
David Klausmeyer | 04/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ronnie and the Dawg really hit one out of the park with this two CD set must have.. ..it won't be leaving my CD player for quite a while. If you're a Bluegrass fan...buy it."
Get your socks knocked off !!!!
David Klausmeyer | USA | 05/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I ran into this CD by accident-I never knew it existed. I didn't give it a moments thought, I just bought it and wasn't dissappointed. It contains some of the very best mando playing I've heard. There are also little snippets of talking between some of the tunes; the players discuss why they wrote a piece or why they like it. These little gems are priceless and make you feel like you were in the studio with them.
Be sure to check out The Cakewalk. It's a neat little tune on which Jesse McReynolds does his crosspicking. It's probably unfair to pick out one tune or player because this CD offers so much, including an excellent booklet full of photos and biographies of the musicians.
The only problem is that everytime I listen to it, I stop what I'm doing and run to get my own mando and start playing. But heck, I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon.