David Grisman

David Grisman ( born March 23, 1945 in Hackensack, New Jersey) is an American mandolin player and composer.

Life and work

Grisman, born 1945 in Hackensack, New Jersey, grew up in a conservative Jewish family. His father was a professional trombonist and promoted the musical talent of his son early. At the age of seven years, David began taking piano lessons. In the early 1950s, Grisman heard the beginnings of rock ' n ' roll and was influenced by pop music and other music styles. After the death of his father when David was ten years old, he switched from piano to other instruments. When he was 14, he took the piano but again, discovered jazz, bluegrass music and the local country music by the Kingston Trio, a group that was popular with the rural population by the American folk revival.

Grisman and three friends from his school then met the folklorist and musician Ralph Rinzler in Passaic, New Jersey, and were strongly influenced by his extensive knowledge of the traditional music. During this time lived in Greenwich Village in New York City already many folk musicians, and Grisman decided to become a professional musician.

In 1963, Grisman played in the self- founded Dozen Jug Band and recorded his first album for Elektra Records. 1967 Grisman played in a psychedelic rock band called Earth Opera with the musician Peter Rowan. 1973 met Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Jerry Garcia and John Kahn to form the bluegrass group Old and in the Way. 1974 Grisman was also active in another band called The Great American Music Band.

In 1974 David Grisman began, even so to compose music for films, after directors and producers became aware of its independent style of music. He created his first soundtrack for director Steve Carver. He wrote the music for the film Love evil smugglers Mama ( Big Bad Mama ). In 1975 the gangster film Capone ( Capone ). A year later, he played the music to another action movie, Gobble My Dust ( Eat My Dust ). In 1978 he composed the soundtrack for the film adaptation King of the Gypsies (King of the Gypsies ).

In 1975 he founded the Dave Grisman Quartet ( DGQ ), which was extended to David Grisman Quintet later. The eponymous debut album the quintet appeared on the 1977 album David Grisman - Quintet '80 ( Mark O'Connor - guitar, violin;. Darol Anger - violin, cello, Mike Marshall - guitar, mandolin, vocals, Rob Wasserman - bass and David Grisman - mandolin, vocals) is the cover version of one of the most famous tracks from John Coltrane, Naima.

Early 1990s were several CD recordings with the former Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dawg documentation was created. Grismans style mix of bluegrass, swing and jazz, he presented on the label Acoustic Disc as Dawg music.

Discography (selection)

  • Mark O'Connor, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Rob Wasserman, David Grisman David Grisman - Quintet '80. Warner Brothers Records (1980 )
  • Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman live. 1994
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, acoustic disc 1991
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman: Not for Kids Only, acoustic disc 1993
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman Shady Grove. acoustic disc 1996
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman: So What. acoustic disc 1998
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice The Pizza Tapes. acoustic disc 2000
  • Jerry Garcia, David Grisman Grateful Dawg (DVD)