Jamming: Bluegrass Celebrates Bob Marley

Jamming: Bluegrass Celebrates Bob Marley


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Jamming, a bluegrass celebration of Bob Marley, is one of CMH's best collections. Every Marley fan may not want to hear "Natty Dread" on fiddle and banjo, but that would be their loss. These instrumental versions provide a fresh context to enjoy these songs, and show that they're quite good songs, even without the vocals. "No Woman, No Cry," for instance, begins with the fiddle that perfectly underlines the delicate beauty of the song. The fiddle is followed by banjo, guitar, and mandolin, each trading leads and offering spare accompaniment. Steve Fishell's dobro gives a real kick to "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)," while Pat Bergeson's harmonica jazzes up "I Shot the Sheriff." There are quite a few players on this album, and it's nice that credits are broken down for individual songs. There's a great intro on "Get Up, Stand Up," with the bass, guitar, and mandolin playing the chords in unison, and a fascinating combination of accordion, Latin percussion, and mandolin on "Waiting in Vain." Several players appear repeatedly, including multiple instrumentalist David West and pianist/accordion player Al Di Marco. West, who appears on every track save one, is an excellent guitar player -- electric and acoustic -- and is probably the glue that holds the whole project together. Some Marley fans may cringe at the convergence of reggae and bluegrass, but most will enjoy the easygoing acoustic style of Jamming. And who knows? The album may even turn a few bluegrass fans onto the master of reggae.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Cmh Records
UPC: 0027297857223
catalogNumber: 8572
Rank: 115437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Ball   Harmonica
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Steve Fishell   Dobro
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Bob Nichols   Drums
David West   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Lorenzo Martinez   Percussion
Pat Bergeson   Harmonica
Mark Thornton   Electric Guitar
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Bryan Sutton   Rhythm Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Tom Corbett   Guitar,Mandolin
Al Di Marco   Bass,Piano,Accordion

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
David West   Engineer
David Haerle   Executive Producer
Mark Thornton   Producer,Engineer
Brandon Terrell   Cover Art
Karrie M. Miller   Graphic Design
Sandee Curry   Executive Producer

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