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  • The David Grisman Quintet [Kaleidoscope, 1977] B+

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The David Grisman Quintet [Kaleidoscope, 1977]
Initially, I took this jazzy Western bluegrass concoction for an acoustic variant on one of those session superstar instrumental LPs. But where it's the tendency of a band like the Section, for instance, to sound self-satisfied, as if getting stuck that deep in a groove were a spiritual achievement, this music is always sprightly, inquisitive, and surprising. Lightweight stuff, you say--I say it's airy. B+