Darol Anger & Mike Marshall – Woodshop (Adventure Music AMA1037 2, 2007)
Longtime acoustic music collaborators, Darol Anger (violin) and Mike Marshall (mandolin) have recorded together again on Woodshop. “We have one of those rare and wonderful relationships that combines a very cool blend of two kids just playing in a sand box and two adults who truly respect each other’s creativity and are willing to help the other see their vision manifest itself,” says Mike Marshall about Darol Anger.
The album includes other musician friends who were also part of the Windham Hill family: Phil Aaberg on piano and Michael Manring on bass. Other guests include Todd Sickafoose on bass and Aaron Johnston on percussion.
Stylistically, Woodshop takes the listener in the audacious new acoustic realm. It’s a combination of virtuoso improvised acoustic music spiced with elements of bluegrass, jazz, classical and American folk. There is one pierce that breaks the mold. the musicians call it a West Coast Americana folkestra, emulating the large Turkish orchestras where all the musicians play the melody in unison.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.