Various Artists - Tone Poets (2 CDs)

Tone Poets, a unique 2-CD set from Acoustic Disc founder David Grisman, assembles a stellar cast of mandolinists and guitarists, all performing on the same vintage 1922 Gibson F-5 mandolin and 1933 Martin OM-45 guitar-revealing sonic secrets that only master musicians know. Tone Poets is a companion piece to the highly acclaimed Tone Poems projects, exploring the unique relationship between musician and instrument.

The 42 Tone Poets heard on the double discs (Solos and Duos) include David Bromberg, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, John Jorgenson, Mike Marshall, Ronnie & Del McCoury, Tony Rice, Andy Statman, Bryan Sutton, Tim O'Brien, Frank Vignola, Chris Thile, Frank Wakefield and the Dawg himself.

This special package includes a 28-page color booklet of photos and notes. Tone Poets is a sonic masterpiece, recorded over a four-year period, utilizing the same two instruments, microphones and recorded directly to the same 2-track analog tape machine. Tone Poets is as pure as music can be.

Disc One (Solos):

1. Blue Bells Of Scotland - Carlo Aonzo
2. I Thought About You - Martin Taylor
3. Corrente In D Minor - Mike Marshall
4. Ananas African - Bob Brozman
5. Jimmy Fell Off The Wagon - Mike Compton
6. Down In The Willow Green - Jerry Douglas
7. Spring Break - Radim Zenkl
8. Gypsy Playland - Frank Vignola
9. Backin' Playwards - Frank Wakefield
10. Ruben's Train - Jim Hurst
11. Cherokee - Tony Williamson
12. Improvisation No.1 - John Jorgenson
13. Joyful Variations - Evan Marshall
14. Afternoon Rag - David Jacobs-Strain
15. Song For Meghan - Josh Pinkham
16. Ave Maria - Beppe Gambetta

Disc: 2 (Duos)

1. You Are My Flower - Tim O'Brien/Bryan Sutton
2. Impromptu - Aandy Statman/Enrique Coria
3. Glen Rock - Del McCoury/Ronnie McCoury
4. Lost Highway - David Bromberg/Mitch Corbin
5. Cochichando - Eva Scow/Carlos Oliviera
6. Were You There - Jack Lawrence/Sam Bush
7. F-5 Riddle Blues - Mike Seeger/Jody Stetcher
8. Constant Lowdown - Mike Seeger/Jody Stetcher
9. Moonlight In Vermont - Don Stiernberg/John Carlini
10. Hattie & Jenelle - Rob Ickes/Joe Craven
11. The North Shore - John Reischman/Jim Nunally
12. Old Dangerfield - Jacob Jolliff/Ian Fleming
13. Waltz For The Underworld - Mike Marshall/Chris Thile
14. The Old South - David Grisman/Steve Gilchrist
15. Blues For Vassar - David Grisman/Tony Rice