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Mark O'Connor  Jam Session Recording/Album Reviews

Submitted by dlc (see all reviews from this person) on 5/28/2010

Where Purchased: Hastings

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“Jam Session” by Mark O’Connor
Put a half dozen of the most gifted acoustic pickers there are around a microphone and tell them to play anything they want, and the results are bound to be astounding.
“Jam Session,” by Mark O’Connor, along with mandolin madman Chris Thile, guitar wizards Frank Vignola and Bryan Sutton and upright bass mainstays Jon Burr and Byron House, captures nine amazing live instrumental jams in a variety of theater and festival settings, and the raw musicianship is absolutely beyond belief.
But even as complicated and technical as the music is in spots, it’s still entertaining enough that even most casual acoustic music fans can appreciate it. “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” “Pickles On The Elbow,” “Granny White Special,” “In The Cluster Blues,” the guys can almost read each other’s minds and respond instantly with just the right licks.
Mighty good picking!

Overall Rating: 8

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