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Audio CD, October 31, 1995
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • ASIN: B00000391F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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David Grisman's duo project with Scottish jazz guitarist Taylor, is a sequel to 1994's Tone Poems by Grisman and Tony Rice. That one explored the bluegrass side of Grisman's music through the use of vintage fretted instruments, and Poems II explores the jazz side the same way. As the lavishly illustrated, 48-page booklet that comes with this single CD explains, the 19 tunes on Tone Poems II are sequenced in the order they were written and are played on instruments built within a few years of the composition. Thus "Blue Moon," written by Richard Rodgers in 1934, is played on a 1935 Epiphone Deluxe guitar by Taylor and on a 1932 Epiphone Windsor mandolin by Grisman. A must for vintage-instrument obsessives. --Geoffrey Himes

Customer Reviews

The music is superb.
Peter Boul
In the shoes of other great "pickers" Grisman tickles the strings of mandolin and/or guitar with great artistry.
V. Moore
If you are looking for a very jazz-mandolin-oriented recording, I don't think you'll find it here.
David Done

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lee on February 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Every now and then a collector of fine wines will go down to his cellar when nobody else is about and secretly crack open a bottle of the very finest wine and enjoy it's contents slowly, taking in every sip and savouring the moment. "Tone Poems II" is as fine as it gets to anybody intersted in Jazz guitar and/or mandolin world. The instruments collected here are second to none and the playing is equally exquisite. The interaction between the two artists demonstrates how great a duet setting can be - leader and supporter. Martin's solo playing (as on Lulu's Back in Town", "Tears" on a tenor Gibson and "My Romance" on a 1989 D'Aquisto New Yorker) is, as always, superb. Where else can you sit back and hear two Gibson Super 400s roaring and soaring while swinging like a gate. From an early Style U Gibson Harp guitar all the way through D'Angelicos, D'Aquistos, Strombergs, Martins, Epiphones and many many pre war Gibsons all the way up to John Monteleone's ground breaking masterpeices, these fantastic instruments that most of us can only dream about, are recorded hear with the finest quality allowing us to hear exactly the character of each intstrument, played at it's best in the style it was built for. The accompanying booklet is equally well presented with great photos of each and every intstrument played and a page or two of it's history. Any serious guitar or mandolin collector or just fanatic really should have this CD on their shelf for those moments when they have a chance to really sit back and relax, savouring each track one by one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Archuleta on December 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a masterful interpretation of these old chestnuts. The rapport of the musicians is terrific. The enclosed folder on the vintage instruments used is fascinating also.

You have to be an ACOUSTIC MUSIC fan to fully appreciate this, but nowhere else will you find a contemporary interpertation of "Teasin' the frets".

I might mention the artists would probably appreciate it if you bought the CD directly from them [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Boul on February 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The music is superb. Anyone who likes accoustic music will love this. Included with the CD is a booklet describing the instruments Grisman and Taylor use. While listening to the tunes, you can flip through this booklet and get a short history of the different vintage guitars, mandolins, ect. they use in this album. This is an excellent piece of work and artistry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 11, 2009
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Trust the dependable old Dawg himself, David Grisman, to deliver the goods when it comes to honest-to-goodness acoustic music. Tone Poems II accomplishes precisely what it sets out to do, to present "the sounds of the great jazz guitars, mandolins, mandolas, and mandocellos." There is good pickin' aplenty by Grisman and Taylor on a variety of well-known tunes, but not one note of this set sounds rote or routine. With an informative booklet featuring pictures and histories of some beautiful instruments, Tone Poems II is truly a treasure.
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By David Done on May 19, 2014
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Very nice music. Very nicely done--what else would you expect from these two?
I bought this because I heard it was "the jazz" recording of the Tone Poems series. But I was disappointed that DG doesn't play very many jazz solos like he does in the very nice track "Out of Nowhere", and there are several tracks without any mandolin. If you are looking for a very jazz-mandolin-oriented recording, I don't think you'll find it here.
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This CD contains the most restful and enjoyable music that I have experienced lately. The booklet highlights the historic instruments and who made them. They sing in the hands of these two exceptionally gifted musicians. I was given this CD by a friend and have enjoyed it so much I gave a copy to my son-in-law for Christmas.
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By pinelady on January 9, 2014
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This series has the unique mission of displaying period instruments playing period pieces. Especially wonderful for musicians and anyone interested in the history of american music. Great just to enjoy if you love these songs.
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