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Various Artists: Tone Poets

On Tone Poets, a follow-up to the earlier album Tone Poems, the concept is simple and deceptively pure-sounding. Acoustic Disc founder and mandolinist David Grisman brought in an array of fine pickers-a total of 42 guitarists and mandolinists-into a studio to record tracks on the same vintage instruments: a 1922 Gibson F-5 mandolin and a 1933 Martin OM-45 guitar.

Naturally, the scent of purism starts to fade fairly quickly, as these players freely veer right and left from stylistic fidelity, and that attitude perfectly suits this label’s eclectic artistic mandate. Folk, bluegrass and country filter through the proceedings, in varying degrees and hybrids. Jazz, per se, is a strong component, as well, with Martin Taylor’s solo take on “I Thought About You,” and the Djangoesque workouts of Frank Vignola’s “Gypsy Playland” and John Jorgenson’s serpentine fretwork on “Improvisation No. 1.”

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