Early music

In the early 1970s, I was involved with a New York-based experimental bluegrass music scene that was remarkable in its energy and unbridled creativity. The music was Ivesian in its dynamic freedom and wealth of ideas, freely crossing stylistic boundaries while still having at its core a roots music soul. The time I spent playing, jamming and hanging out with these musicians made a lasting impression on my musical approach, though it was only after I worked with Henry Brant that I started to see a way to integrate it into my own compositions.

One of the musicians with whom I performed and recorded at that time was banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka. I just discovered that several tracks from his 1975 album "Heartland" are available as MP3 downloads at this link. I played on tracks 15, 16 and 22.* Other LPs I played on during this time period include "Bottle Hill - Light our way along the highway" (with whom I toured from 1973-1975) and "Stacy Philips - All Old Friends" (Stacy is an amazing dobro player), but neither of these recordings is apparently on line currently.

(*) The other musicians on these tracks are Andy Statman, John Miller, Harry Orloff, Barry Mitterhoff and Dave Schwartz, and (track 22) Kenny Kosek, Russ Barenberg, Andy Statman, Roger Mason and Richard Crooks.