Half Notes: Mike Marshall – An Adventure 1999-2009 (2010)

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by S. Victor Aaron

This is a compilation of some highlight tracks from Mike Marshall’s albums released under Adventure Music, a label he co-founded in the late 1990s. Going agaist the grain, the track sequence goes in reverse chronological order, which means two cuts from last year’s Mike Marshall’s Big Trio begin the collection. It works back to collaborations with Darol Anger, Jovino Santos Neto and Bela Fleck. The common denominator, naturally, is Marshall’s mandolin, mandocello and acoustic six-string guitar. As arguably the world’s foremost mandolin/mandocello player, you get to hear some amazing performances, but also some richly melodic tunes that range from bluegrass and European folk to jazz and Brazilian fusion. With Marshall in a variety of settings playing alongside a parade of musicians who are just as virtuosic on their own instruments, An Adventure makes a logical starting point to start your own adventure exploring the music of Marshall.

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