Various Artists

Tone Poets

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Produced and recorded by mandolin/bluegrass legend David Grisman, this two-disc set collects 31 recordings made over the span of four years by some of acoustic music's most talented practitioners. Recorded on the same two instruments (a 1922 Gibson F-5 mandolin and 1933 Martin OM-45 guitar) to a 1/2" two-track analog tape machine, and utilizing no equalization, it's up to the performer to set the dynamic. This is not just a showcase for the instrument, it's a challenge to the players, and whether it's improvised Eastern European blues (Frank Vignola's "Gypsy Playland") or a strict interpretation of J.S. Bach (Mike Marshall's "Corrente in D Minor"), these "tone poets" make each delightfully organic track absolutely electrifying.

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