Room of Wonders

September 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Label: Jayme Stone
  • Copyright: 2010 Jayme Stone
  • Total Length: 37:24
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  • ASIN: B00447ERLI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,864 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nobody important VINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
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Jayme Stone is a young banjo player who has very broad musical tastes. On this album, he is joined by Casey Driessen on fiddle, Grant Gordy (a Grisman protege) on guitar, and Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon) on bass, along with a smattering of other guests. Based on that, you are thinking that this will be some newgrass-based material with a variety of other influences. Actually, there is very little bluegrass here at all. The project is Stone's effort to apply bluegrass instrumentation to a variety of world music styles. Now, before you stop reading and ignore this album, be assured that Stone has no interest in new-agey pseudo-Celtic blather nor nuevo flamenco nor any other style that "alternative medicine" types might have playing in their "offices." Stone does tackle some reels, but he also delves heavily into folk music from places like Bulgaria and Scandinavia. This is a hard thing to pull off, but Stone and his compatriots manage to show respect for the musical traditions they tackle while retaining their own roots. So, while this is not a bluegrass album, the instrumentation makes even some of the more challenging-to-American-ears pieces accessible. The occasional appearance of horns, accordion or a Scandinavian monstrosity called the "nyckelharpa" (basically a keyed violin) give the album a broader tonal palette than a standard bluegrass quartet would have, and that's a good thing. Unless you have been listening to groups like Vasen (Johansson's group) for a while, though, this would sound pretty odd without the anchoring sounds of a banjo, flatpicked guitar and fiddle. (Incidentally, Vasen has also recorded with Mike Marshall, so the Stone collaboration wasn't much of a stretch for Johansson).

Further listening: Jake Schepps, Zubot & Dawson, Dean Magraw.
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