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November 30, 2011 | Andy Statman; Old Brooklyn

Two words. "Wild ride"

Brooklyn.jpgThis is the only way you can describe the playing of 21st Century icon Andy Statman, and his latest recording, "Old Brooklyn." We have to confess, his cerebral, "stream of conscious" playing is not easily acessed. Sometimes it takes three or four spins before you get at what he's trying to express, because he simply doesn't think (or play) like your average musician. Nonetheless, the passion in his music is always thick enough to cut with a knife, his playing technique (both clarinet and mandolin) unmatched.

Reading through list of players on the CD will take your breath away. Ricky Skaggs, Bryron Berline, John Sholle, and Paul Shaffer (yeah, THAT Paul Shaffer). These are some of the heaviest hitters out there, and the project allows Statman to stut his stuff in entirely new directions.

His mastery of the Bluegrass genre can never be questioned. He continues to take this in a new direction on the mandolin, inject some jazz vocabulary, and also spin so unique Klezmer flavorings on both mandolin and clarinet.

This CD will, if nothing else, challenge you.

Artist website: Andy Statman
Purchase CD: Old Brooklyn
iTunes link: Old Brooklyn

Posted by Ted at November 30, 2011 8:25 AM

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