superb Mobile Fidelity issue, with the price comes the usual
exceptionally high standars you expect with 'MoFi'. This is a
numbered limited ddition 180gm double vinyl LP.
is not a standard Garcia solo outing, i.e. backed by a combination of
members of 'the Dead' and others in that circle, but something very
different, although 'heads' will easily recognise and love the
artistry and unique style of his playing. This is about sharing
different musical interests with a long standing friend which took
them to some interesting places. This MoFi pressing also marks the
first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued in analog
will never hear a better-sounding Americana-styled recording.
Unadorned with any post-production tricks or overdubs, Garcia/Grisman
breathes with naturalism and presence. You will effortlessly detect
the full body of the instruments, witness the woody grain textures,
and get lost in the surprisingly velvety qualities of Garcia’s
since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for
traditional folk and bluegrass. The two teamed up amidst what became
a gold rush of top-notch productivity and creativity for Garcia.
Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe
Craven, the pair approached every passage with innate ease, as if
either musician could finish the others sentence. The affable
chemistry and soothing interplay wash over a selection of songs as
notable for their diversity as the way Garcia and “Dawg” turn
them into the equivalent of old friends you haven’t seen in years.
melodies and jewel-shaped notes decorate the simple, convivial
structures of tunes that hop, jump, skip, skitter, and bop. The
atmosphere is reminiscent of the legendary gypsy-jazz exchanges
between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and equally sharp.
Swirling with Middle Eastern modality, the closing 16-minute-plus
rendition of Grisman’s rippling “Arabia”—complete with a
section based on a Cuban fold theme—is alone enough worth the price
of admission to this sensational session. But there’s so much more.
quartet delves into Celtic themes (“Two Soldiers”), jazz-grass
(“Grateful Dawg”), old-world ballads (“Russian Lullaby”), and
Appalachian flavors (“Walkin’ Boss”) with nonpareil skill and
soulfulness. Garcia and Grisman’s tandem picking throughout
epitomize sublime. And for many listeners, the duo’s revised
version of the Grateful Dead staple “Friend of the Devil” ranks
as the finest-ever recorded, the pace patient, the narrative vocals
heartfelt, and the synchronous solos tailor-made for the enveloping
progression. Better yet, it’s all captured in astonishing fidelity.
worth the price of entry.
1. The Thrill
2. Grateful Dawg
3. Two Soldiers
4. Friend of the
5. Russian Lullaby
6. Dawg’s Waltz
8. Rockin’ Chair