David “Dawg” Grisman and I have had a friendship and musical collaboration that began back in the “folk boom” years of the late 60’s. I had been a fan of David’s and we actually met “on the gig” at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village! Since then we have shared notes both written and played.
I was there at the beginnings of Dawg Music, writing, scoring, playing, and coaching. Since then we have worked together on various projects; among them, Mondo Mando, Dawg Jazz, Back to Back, King of the Gypsies, and Dawg ’90.
When David contacted me about working together again in notating his compositions in “The Book of the Dawg” I enthusiastically got to work.
The result (so far) is 3 volumes; “Dawg Roots”, “Dawg Grass”, and “Dawg Jazz”. These are the definitive notations of David’s compositions in both standard notation and tablature.
Each book also contains some wonderful “collector’s item” photos as well as stories and memories behind each tune. They are something you can be proud to have in your music library. I certainly am!
The incredible classical mandolinist,Carlo Aonzo, and I have been friends for many years. We had played a few of the wonderful Bach Inventions and at some point we decided to record all 15 of them. What a project!
Here is a sample, Invention #13.
Carlo lives in Savona, Italy, so we had to prepare the manuscript and rehearse via the internet and some Skype phone sessions. Finally, Carlo was here in NJ for a while and we were fortunate to get the talented Bob Harris to engineer the project. Once it was finished and mastered, the Hal Leonard company expressed interest in doing a book. We are happy to say that the book is now available and provides a download code for the audio, so anyone can enjoy playing this fantastic music!
In 1995 Tony Rice and I released “River Suite for 2 Guitars” (Sugar Hill). Over the years the recording has garnered countless accolades and continues to be a best seller. Now David Grisman‘s web site, “Acoustic Oasis“ has released the one and only duo concert that Tony and I ever performed together. You can get it here and listen to a few samples also.
Here is a bit of “back end” info on the original recording of River Suite. Tony and I recorded the CD in his music den using a Tascam portable DAT machine and an Audio-technica AT822 stereo mic set up on a coffee table! Tony then brought in an analog tape machine that we used to transfer the DAT recording and to do some editing. We then brought the finished product to the great Bill Wolf who did the mastering. The entire project cost nothing but the time and work we put into it!
The tunes are ones that we developed over the years of jamming together during Tony’s tenure with the David Grisman Quintet. During that time, Tony and I developed a treasured personal friendship and professional association.
There will be more to come in this blog about those special times with the original DGQ. Stay tuned!