The picture above speaks more for David Grisman than I ever could, but then again one first must know who Stephane Grappelli is for that to work. Stephane is as responsible for the fate of the guitar – that it became the lead instrument of the past one hundred years in almost every genre of music, as is anyone…except, of course, his original partner in musical greatness, Django Reinhardt, but without Stephane Grappelli, would we have ever known who Django was? Such questions never keep me up at night – as I’ve little influence on the past, and so much more appreciation.
That Stephane Grappelli, the late French jazz violin virtuoso would play equal parts on stage with David Grisman suggest that Grisman is the equal of Reinhardt, and I assure you that probably nothing in this world could have pleased Grisman so well as that. Rightfully so – as David Grisman brought the musical style that is evident on that live album to the mandolin, an instrument that before then was limited to some minor roles in classical music, and pure traditional bluegrass.
Maybe it was Grisman’s early on “street cred,” of having played with The Grateful Dead and a whole group of musical geniuses in Muleskinner that landed him a gig playing with Grappelli, or maybe it was just the fact that he could play the role of Django so well from a totally different instrument, but regardless, every warm body holding a stringed instrument to ever play with David Grisman in his professional career has been an all out stud on their instrument. Topping it all off for me is that David played an integral part in the transformation of Tony Rice from being a brilliant Clarence White style bluegrass guitarist into a full throttle jazz fusion expert. But of course David Grisman had also played with the great Clarence White too.
A terrific tribute to the varied and wonderful acoustic music career of mandolin gunslinger and jazz fusion pioneer, David Grisman.
Multi Instrumentalist and Singer Ricky Skaggs fronts the best band in all of Bluegrass music, and plays several instruments with a huge degree of skill.
Gibson Inspired By Sam Bush 1934 F5 Fern Mandolin
Lloyd Loar designed it, and all the greats play it – this is the Stradivarius of the mandolin