The Bluegrass Guitar Collection

The Bluegrass Guitar Collection

by Tony RiceTony Rice


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There is no question that the most influential lead guitarist in bluegrass history is the late Clarence White. After that, the arguments start. Who comes next -- Doc Watson? Norman Blake? Dan Crary? While you'll never achieve complete consensus on this point, if you took a vote the chances are very good that the second name in the list of important lead guitarists would be that of Tony Rice, who is not only an acknowledged master of the traditional bluegrass idiom but a highly influential stylistic innovator, one who helped create the jazz-grass fusion music of the 1970s and 1980s that came, for better or worse, to be called new acoustic music. This excellent compilation (which gets its title from the serial number of Clarence White's Martin D-28 guitar, which Rice has owned and played since 1975) celebrates his contributions on the more traditional side of things, and its tracks include full-band performances with the likes of the Bluegrass Album Band, his own Tony Rice Unit, and a quartet made up entirely of Rice brothers, as well as a handful of duo recordings with Norman Blake and a rambunctious arrangement of "Lost Indian" for a guitar trio featuring Rice, Blake, and Doc Watson. Although you could argue that his take on Bill Monroe's "Jerusalem Ridge" is maybe a bit lacking in nuance, everything else on this album ranges from great to spectacular. Among the particular highlights are a gorgeous and quite traditional rendition of "Home Sweet Home," a great medley of Irish tunes played in duet with Blake, and a hard-driving arrangement of "Monroe's Hornpipe" on which Rice's solos are like a 60-second seminar on how to combine virtuosity and taste. This album makes an excellent introduction to one of America's most gifted musicians in any genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661162228
catalogNumber: 611622
Rank: 51465

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Rice   Primary Artist
Norman Blake   Guitar,Mandolin
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin
Wyatt Rice   Guitar
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Violin
Doc Watson   Guitar
Darol Anger   Violin
Todd Phillips   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Larry Rice   Mandolin
Fred Carpenter   Violin
Vassar Clements   Fiddle,Violin
J.D. Crowe   Banjo
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin
David Grisman   Mandolin
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
John Reischman   Mandolin
Mark Schatz   Bass
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle
Ronnie Simpkins   Acoustic Bass
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Violin

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Composer
Doyle Lawson   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Composer
Ed Haley   Composer
Jesse McReynolds   Composer
Ron Block   Liner Notes
Béla Fleck   Composer
Buck Graves   Composer
Jim McReynolds   Composer
John Reischman   Composer
Anthony Rice   Composer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Louise Certain   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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