1978 saw David Grisman release his third solo album, with which he further explored his brilliant fusion of bluegrass and swing, what he started to call 'Dawg Music'. Support for his dazzling mandolin playing came from a number of equally talented musicians, including his own group the David Grisman Quintet - fellow mandolin player Mike Marshall, guitarist Tony Rice, violinist Darol Anger and bassist Bill Amatneek. The Quintet only appeared in their entirity on one song though, as elsewhere the bass role was shared around between Todd Phillips, Buell Neidlinger and Eddie Gomez. There was also a very special guest appearance from the original master of jazz violin, none other than Stéphane Grappelli himself. One of the songs he played on was "Minor Swing", originally by the Quintette du Hot Club de France (the band which had pioneered the genre of gypsy swing), of which Grappelli had been a member. It was also actually the second time Grisman had recorded this song, as it also featured on his previous album.
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