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July 20, 2009

Slim Richey - JazzGrass

Not much to say about this that I haven't said about previous bluegrass/jazz meetings, except that it's fantastic! Apparently this Texan is still in the music business, making good sounds. Keep an eye out for his excellent beard!

As one might gather from this LP's title, the music is a mixture of swinging jazz and bluegrass as played by a string group. Guitarist Slim Richey is joined by Joe Carr on mandolin, banjoist Alan Munde, Jerry Case or Sumter Bruton on guitar, Sam Bush, Richard Greene or Ricky Skaggs on fiddle and bassist Kerby Stewart; in addition Dan Huckabee adds his dobro to four of the dozen selections. Nine of the twelve numbers are jazz standards (including "Indiana," "The Preacher" and "Stompin' at the Savoy") and even the originals (which are titled "To Linda," "Boppin' at the Bluebird" and "Jazz Grass Waltz") are jazz-oriented. However country and bluegrass collectors will also be interested in searching for this out-of-print LP for Slim Richey and his sidemen constantly display their roots in bluegrass music. The type of "fusion" heard on this set proves to be quite successful. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Slim Richey - JazzGrass

Year: 1978
Label: Ridge Runner 0009 vinyl

Slim Richey - solo guitar
Joe Carr - Mandolin
Kerby Stewart
Alan Munde - Banjo (Bill Keith on Nights in Tunesia)
Jerry Case - Rythm guitar (also Sumter Bruton)
Sam Bush - Fiddle (also Ricky Skaggs and Richard Greene)
Dan Huckabee - Dobro

Voice choir on Stompin' at the Savoy : Linda Richey, Ann Munde, Dave Ferguson, Joe Carr,
Gerald Jones, Dan Huckabee, Slim Richey.

01 - Gravy Waltz
02 - Back Home Again in Indiana
03 - To Linda
04 - There'll Never Be Another You
05 - Boppin' at the Bluebird
06 - Angel Eyes

07 - Jazz Grass Waltz
08 - Rose Room
09 - Summer Time
10 - The Preacher
11 - Stompin' at the Savoy
12 - Night in Tunisia

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Feed Room Five said...

I reckon that I am a narrow-minded, intolerant, mean-spirited traditionalist (and likely even worse than that) but are you sure that the "grass" part of "Jazzgrass" refers to bluegrass and not another kind of grass?

Anonymous said...

The lost member of ZZ Top?
Great stuff, love this kind of 'fusion' - Thanks a lot!

The Irate Pirate said...

no, I'm not sure, but I do know one thing: it's way harder to play this music when you're out of your head than it is to play the trad stuff.


Feed Room Five said...

At the risk of prolonging this discussion way longer than is necessary, I do wonder whether your aesthetic principle is that the harder the music is to play the better it is or that the harder the music is to play under the influence of drugs the better it is. I have regularly attended a private music party once a year, which Slim also attends. I have the greatest respect for him as a swing guitarist but to say that he is a bluegrass musician is simply inaccurate. But thanks for posting this recording because his music deserves more attention.

The Irate Pirate said...

no, I've never had an aesthetic principle of harder=better. my comment was to disway the notion that just because this music is 'different' that there must be drugs involved. The fact that it's harder to play just means that there's LESS likelihood of drugs being involved, except perhaps in Sam Bush's case...

and slim may not be a bluegrass player, but Bill Keith and Richard Greene were both in Monroe's band, and are pretty much THE top players in the field. But as masters of tradition, they have also seen the bounds of it and yearned to create something new, just as Monroe did.

And I never called this music bluegrass, i called it bluegrass/jazz fusion and slim calls it Jazzgrass. It has one foot in the roots of bluegrass tradition, another foot in jazz theory and tradition, and its head is somewhere new.

But don't worry, I like trad stuff too. But one of the purposes of this blog is to expand one's horizons. There are already plenty of blogs that just do bluegrass or just do jazz or classical or whathaveyou. I aim to just do 'good music'. Which is what this album is.