Martin Taylor, David Grisman – I’m Beginning To See The Light (1999/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:21 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Folk, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Acoustic Disc
Picking up where they left off with 1995’s duet recording Tone Poems II, mandolin master David Grisman and guitar great Martin Taylor blithely saunter through a dozen jazz staples. Taylor’s playing boasts a blues-soaked intensity and insouciant fire that isn’t normally associated with the willowy and refined soloist, while Grisman showcases a wide variety of adventurous ideas, but at no time do the issues seem forced. The sympathetic and delicate rhythmic support of bassist Jim Kerwin and drummer George Marsh contributes to the air of easygoing delight. Taylor even picks up the mandolin himself on a hidden “keepsake”.
As one of the prime movers behind the “new acoustic” movement that began gathering speed in the mid-’70s, David Grisman helped usher in a new era of acoustic jazz. With other renegade players like Tony Rice, Richard Greene and Sam Bush, he took an instrument generally associated with bluegrass music (in his case, the mandolin) and turned it to more adventurous uses, often combining the instrumentation and textures of bluegrass with the advanced harmonic structures and rhythms of jazz. He’s never completely turned his back on bluegrass, but his primary focus has been on jazz and jazz-derived styles for some time. I’m Beginning to See the Light is a collection of standards recorded in collaboration with guitarist Martin Taylor, bassist Jim Kerwin and drummer George Marsh. The program is pretty predictable, including “Autumn Leaves,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Makin’ Whoopee.” But the mandolin gives the quartet an unusual texture, and Taylor’s playing is always fun to listen to. There’s a pervasive gentleness to the group’s sound that sometimes borders on soporific, but every time you stir yourself to listen closely, you’ll be rewarded. Recommended.
01 – I’m Beginning To See The Light
02 – Autumn Leaves
03 – Do You Know What It Means (To Miss New Orleans?)
04 – East Of The Sun
05 – Autumn In New York
06 – Makin’ Whoopee
07 – Lover Man
08 – Exactly Like You
09 – Willow Weep For Me
10 – A Foggy Day
11 – Cheek To Cheek
12 – Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
Produced by Martin Taylor & David Grisman.
Recorded & Mixed at Dawg Studios by David Dennison.
Mastered at The Rocket Lab by Paul Stubblebine.
Acoustic Jazz Quartet:
Martin Taylor – guitar
David Grisman – mandolin
Jim Kerwin – bass
George Marsh – drums