Various Artists

Slim Richey's Jazz Grass

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As one might gather from this LP's title, the music is a mixture of swinging jazz and bluegrass as played by a string group. Guitarist Slim Richey is joined by Joe Carr on mandolin, banjoist Alan Munde, Jerry Case or Sumter Bruton on guitar, Sam Bush, Richard Greene or Ricky Skaggs on fiddle and bassist Kerby Stewart; in addition Dan Huckabee adds his dobro to four of the dozen selections. Nine of the twelve numbers are jazz standards (including "Indiana," "The Preacher" and "Stompin' at the Savoy") and even the originals (which are titled "To Linda," "Boppin' at the Bluebird" and "Jazz Grass Waltz") are jazz-oriented. However country and bluegrass collectors will also be interested in searching for this out-of-print LP for Slim Richey and his sidemen constantly display their roots in bluegrass music. The type of "fusion" heard on this set proves to be quite successful.