David Grisman brings extra scorching diggety dawg tune to Berkeley

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David Grisman brings more hot diggety dawg music to Berkeley


Again when the US was once busy celebrating its 200th birthday, David Grisman offered a brand new, quintessentially American sound at the eponymous 1976 album “David Grisman Quintet.” The mandolin grasp had already minimize a large swath during the country’s tune, from his early pastime for bluegrass thru his collaboration with the Thankful Lifeless. Dubbed dawg tune for its stylistically promiscuous parentage, the made from Grisman’s blazing younger quintet spread out huge new sonic territories with its jazz-steeped acoustic string band sound. As one in every of his signature ensembles, the crowd served for many years as an crucial proving floor for musicians desperate to combine far-flung traditions from Brazil, Cuba, Appalachia and Paris.

A key second within the evolution of dawg tune happened in 1978 when Grisman was once employed to put in writing the rating for the movie “King of the Gypsies.” After spending weeks scouting for a violinist in Hungarian eating places,Grisman had “just a little mild bulb cross off that Stephan Grappelli is without equal Gypsy mess around participant,” he recalled. The French violinist, who created the Sizzling Membership taste with guitarist Django Reinhardt, ended up traveling with the band and recording the vintage 1981 album “ Stephane Grappelli/David Grisman Are living”  (Warner Bros.).

For his annual engagement at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, Grisman plays along with his sextet that includes bassist Jim Kerwin, flutist Matt Eakle, percussionsit George Marsh, all longtime dawgs. Rounding out the combination are fresh additions Chad Manning on mess around and guitarist George Cole, a participant with a deep affinity for Gypsy jazz. The David Grisman Sextet launched a self-named album in 2016, Grisman’s first album that specialize in unique composition in a decade. Obviously the previous dawg remains to be finding out new tips.

Main points: eight p.m. Dec. 21-22; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $40/$44; 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.

Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent



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