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Once in a While
Vassar Clements
Once in a While
Genres: Country, Folk, Jazz, Rock
 
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In '59 when Vassar Clements was Bill Monroe's fiddler, Jimmy Cobb was Miles Davis' drummer. A decade later, Clements fiddled with Jim & Jesse while Dave Holland was playing bass with Miles. Guitarist John Abercrombie was l...  more »

      
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All Artists: Vassar Clements
Title: Once in a While
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Flying Fish
Release Date: 9/22/2009
Genres: Country, Folk, Jazz, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Traditional Folk, Swing Jazz, Jam Bands, Bluegrass Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018964059224, 018964059248

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In '59 when Vassar Clements was Bill Monroe's fiddler, Jimmy Cobb was Miles Davis' drummer. A decade later, Clements fiddled with Jim & Jesse while Dave Holland was playing bass with Miles. Guitarist John Abercrombie was leading a garage rock band in the late `50s and breaking into the New York studio scene a decade later. . . . `Jam sessions, places where you can go and sit in, everybody does that,' explains Vassar. `There are people here in Nashville who can really play jazz even though they make their living in the country scene. A good musician, it doesn't matter where he comes from. He hears all kinds of music, and if it's in him he learns.' "[This] is just such a jam session. A collection of tunes that would have elicited a comment from Bill Monroe but not from Benny Goodman. A set of gently swinging standards of the kind Vassar heard as a youth, when he drove with friends to a big rink in Orlando to hear Artie Shaw, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, and Danny Kaye; the kind the Blugrass Boys jammed between gigs. . . . "Here you have the music that musicians make for themselves, played with conviction and emotion with the accent on play." --Dave Helland, Down Beat
 

CD Reviews

A Fiddler's Fiddler
Alfred Johnson | boston, ma | 01/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Have you ever listened to a rock song, a bluegrass tune (especially Bill Monroe's work), a country ballad or some little jazz piece that had some extraordinary fiddle music that kind of held the whole thing together. Well, guess who that probably was. Yes, probably, the recently departed Vassar Clements, who has been the back up for more songs that I could justifiably list here. When you think about it there are only a few- "Papa John" Creech, Stefan Grappelli and Scarlet Rivera come to mind- whom could have been reasonably considered in answering the above question. Here Vassar and friends are just flat out jamming on a bunch of old time songs that are getting a string workout. Jazz's "Perdido", traditonal's "Greensleeves", pop's "Sweet Georgia Brown". See what I mean? Listen on."