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    Mike Aldridge, Bob Brozman, & David Grisman—Tone Poems III— Acoustic Disc

You’ve got to envy David Grisman’s day job. He gets up, invites a few very remarkable players/friends over, breaks out the great slide and resophonic instruments, (which hit their stride in the Hawaiian music craze of the early 1920’s) punches record, and comes up with another rapturously played and beautiful sounding recording.

Following in the illustrious footsteps of Tone Poems I & II (which explored bluegrass and jazz using vintage instruments of the time) the sublime Tone Poems III rings with the sound of Weissenborns, Martins, Nationals, and Gibsons and the virtuoso playing of Aldridge, Brozman and Grisman. The lushly detailed 48 page booklet shows the instruments used. The tunes run the gamut from standards ("St. Louis Blues," "Stompin’ At The Savoy") to obscure Tin Pan Alley ("It Happened In Monterey") and originals. Aldridge’s heroic closer "Las Ninas" and the trio’s funky "New Steal," mark this as acoustic music without peer or parallel. —Mike Jurkovic

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