BUTCH BALDASSARI 'New Classics For Bluegrass Mandolin'
Another fine all-instrumental album from mandolinist Butch Baldassari, who gets first rate assistance from guitarists David Grier and Robert Bowlin, Buell Neidlinger and Mark Schatz on bass, and a stellar group of fiddlers, Richard Greene, Randy Howard, Glen Duncan, Aubrey Haynie and Bowlin. Banjo work is handled by Mike Munford, Steve Huber and Billy Rose. Many of the tunes have a distinctly Monroe type of sound, with KING WILKIE and DOWN CITY-PART 1 bearing repeated plays. An 8-minute workout titled RAININ' THE BLUES (for Bill Monroe) is decidedly moody & effective except for the overdone background moaning and the fact that the tune goes on a bit too long (the law of diminishing returns). Generally fine stuff. MINORSVILLE, CONSIDER THI, LEAVING PORTLAND, SLEEPY GAP, WAGONS HO, OLD JERICHO WALTZ, etc.