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Stellar Jays

by John Reischman and the Jaybirds

Ranging from old-time-infused bluegrass to innovative instrumentals and contemporary ballads, the band's original numbers are rounded out with unique takes on timeless, rarely-heard classics.
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1. The Jaybird Song
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2. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still
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3. A Dime In My Pocket
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4. The Drunkard's Lantern
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5. Cleo Belle
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6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
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7. The House Carpenter
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8. Deception Falls
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9. I Am The Man, Thomas
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10. Bash Bish Falls
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11. On My Way To You
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12. Something I Don't Want To Know
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13. Fire On The Mountain
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14. Mississippi Hoedown
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Album Notes
John Reischman & the Jaybirds

Six years of touring across North America and Europe, four critically-acclaimed CDs and two Canadian Juno nominations have established John Reischman and the Jaybirds as a top-flight band in bluegrass music. With a unique traditional sound, the mandolin master and his band are known for powerful original songs and instrumentals, soaring vocals and refreshing interpretations of songs from the old-time repertoire presented with their own bluegrass twist.

Stellar Jays, their fourth album, continues the strong tradition of great music from the Jaybirds. As well as orginal songs from John, Trisha and Jim, Greg and Nick both contribute sparkling instrumentals. There are covers of Ralph Stanley and Carol Elizabeth Jones tunes as well, and several numbers from the Public Domain.



Praise for STELLAR JAYS:

"A masterpiece--fascinating and fresh sounding....immaculate musicianship. Incorporates the best elements of bluegrass and old-time into a killer new sound." -- Dave Higgs, Nashville Public Radio, Bluegrass Breakdown

"Unprecedented musicality... John Reischman's concept of tone, sense of melody, and attention to detail continues to astound not only students of the instrument, but the entire contemporary folk community." -- Chris Thile

"Clarity, energy, good ensemble work, classy originals, and an adventurous approach to Folk and Bluegrass standards....bluegrass and acoustic music fans take note of a fresh breeze from the north. " -- Kerry Dexter, FolkWax

"John Reischman and the Jaybirds know the best new Bluegrass grows from classic roots. Their new CD "Stellar Jays" has all the elements: hard driving instrumentals, lonesome singing, and an excellent cross section of originals mixed with traditional covers." -- Tim O'Brien

"On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman & the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy." -- William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide, Billboard.com

"Aces in the writing, instrumental and vocal departments....a true collaborative effort from this West Coast amalgamation of Canadian and American bluegrass musicians, and worthy of repeated listenings and then some." -- Peter North, Edmonton Journal

John Reischman is one of the top-ranked contemporary mandolin players, revered for his exquisite taste, tone, and ability to play genres ranging from bluegrass to jazz to hot swing to Latin and beyond. He toured and recorded for many years with California's eclectic Good Ol' Persons and helped define the groundbreaking "new acoustic" instrumental scene as a member of the Tony Rice Unit in the early '80s.

John's current main performance project is with The Jaybirds. Joining John in the Jaybirds are four acoustic players renowned in their own right: Jim Nunally, Trisha Gagnon, Nick Hornbuckle and Greg Spatz.

Jim Nunally, from the San Francisco Bay area, has established himself over two decades as a versatile guitarist with wonderful tone, speed and clarity. The vocalist, composer and producer appeared with John on the 1997 IBMA and-Grammy-winner True Life Blues, The Songs of Bill Monroe. Jim is an in-demand session musician and plays select dates with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.

Chilliwack, B.C.-based Trisha Gagnon has a strong and distinctive lead voice anchoring what Dirty Linen magazine calls "...gorgeous three-part harmonies..." Adds Sing Out!: "...Whether harmonizing or taking the lead on startlingly good material . . . Gagnon's voice is irresistible." Trisha's singing and composing is complemented by her equally strong bass playing.

Nanaimo, B.C.-based Nick Hornbuckle is widely considered to be the Pacific Northwest's leading traditional banjo stylist. Nick has contributed several outstanding numbers to the Jaybird's songlist. "Arrowhead is an instrumental achievement, . . don't be surprised to hear Arrowhead work its way into the jamming lexicon," said the CBA newsletter Bluegrass Breakdown. "Holy Jumped Up is another example of Hornbuckle's importance to the ensemble. He could have chosen to be as flashy and licks-oriented as any other banjoist, but he focuses instead on the best possible notes for the song he's playing."

Fiddler magazine describes Spokane's Greg Spatz as a "world-class bluegrass fiddler." His distinctive, bluesy tone and wide-ranging style have made him a popular West Coast player for years; his lengthy performing resume includes stints with the legendary Frank Wakefield, California's High Country and resophonic guitar wizard Rob Ickes. Greg's literary doppelganger "Gregory Spatz" is a well published author with two novels, a book of short stories, and numerous individual fiction and nonfiction pieces to his credit. His latest novel is Fiddler's Dream, which you learn about by visiting http://www.gregoryspatz.com or listening to a recent review from NPR's All Things Considered.

John Reischman and the Jaybirds offer a blend of vintage gems, original vocal songs and trademark original instrumentals -- variously bluesy, hard-edge and haunting -- that make them the most interesting band on the circuit today. Their virtuosity, inspiring material, heartfelt vocals and engaging humour generate a live performance not to be missed!



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Mike Maddox

Stellar is a good description of this CD.
For those already familiar with the work of John Reischman and the Jaybirds, their new CD will come as no great surprise. It has all the great writing, excellent vocals, and extraordinary instrumental virtuosity of their previous work. When JR & the Jaybirds light into one of their own compositions, the result is just delightful acoustic music. On cover songs, such as their rendition of Ralph Stanleys' I am the Man, Thomas, you can hear the influence of the original artists as the Jaybirds lift the overall musicality a notch or two over the old recording of the song. If you don't like JR & the Jaybirds, my suggestion is to find another genre of music to enjoy. It just doesn't get any better than this in the acoustic roots/bluegrass world.

Alan Falleri

Stellar Jays
After having the wonderful pleasure of hearing the Jaybirds play in my local community of Potter
Valley recently,I knew I had to get this CD. With each member of the group a virtuoso in their own right, it is a rare treat to witness such a selfless blending of individual talents into a cohesive, harmonious, joyous expression of art as happens when the Jaybirds take the stage. Uplifting, heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable.