Buell Neidlinger

Big Day at Ojai

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One of the most unusual groups of the early '80s was a band accurately titled Buellgrass. On this live LP, bassist Buell Neidlinger heads a unique sextet also including the late Peter Ivers on harmonica, Andy Statman on mandolin and clarinet, violinist Richard Greene, Marty Krystall on reeds (tenor, soprano and various clarinets) and drummer Peter Erskine. The group mixes the sounds of jazz, blues and bluegrass and can be heard on this valuable album playing songs associated with Duke Ellington plus Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy," "Billie's Bounce," "Stardust" and "Tennessee Waltz." Since only three of the eight numbers have thus far been reissued on CD (as part of Rear View Mirror), this LP is well worth acquiring, if only to hear the blend between harmonica, mandolin, violin and tenor.