John Reischman and John Miller | The Bumpy Road

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The Bumpy Road

by John Reischman and John Miller

John Reischman, on mandolin, and John Miller, on guitar, perform a scintillating program of traditional and original tunes with a Latin tinge, and a special focus on great grooving and great tone.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Bumpy Road
4:05 $0.99
2. Kenny's Gone
5:06 $0.99
3. Pacoca
3:44 $0.99
4. Danza
3:34 $0.99
5. The Path Downhill
4:03 $0.99
6. Wind Song
4:01 $0.99
7. Snake Eyes
4:22 $0.99
8. Three Lions
4:31 $0.99
9. Pedro Padilla Medley
5:55 $0.99
10. Don't Wake Me Up
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Long regarded by peers, fans and critics alike as two of North America's finest instrumentalists, mandolinist John Reischman and guitarist John Miller have joined forces in an exciting new foray into the world of Jazz and Latin music. Althought their formative years were spent in Folk and Bluegrass music, both Reischman and Miller have used that experience as a launching pad for exploration of other genres that has culminated in a love of melodic acoustic jazz. Both are outstanding players and composers known for an abundance of taste and tone. Reischman was termed "one of the great unsung heroes of contemporary mandolin playing" by David Grisman, while Miller's highly original fingerpicking style was described as "magnificent" by the Jazz Journal.
With their two CD releases, "The Singing Moon" and "The Bumpy Road", Reischman and Miller have put together a couple of the finest acoustic instrumental CDs in recent memory, with a book of truly memorable tunes.



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this is great stuff. mandolin and guitar jazz.

Acoustic Guitar

Despite its title, this follow-up to mandolinist John Reischman and steel-string fingerstylist John Miller's 1998 release, "The Singing Moon", is anything but jarring, even when barreling along at high speed on flag-wavers like Miller's "Danza". Like several others on this varied CD, this tune has a strong Latin flavor reinforced by Miller's excellent in-the-pocket rhythm playing. He also plays some fine melodic single-string solos on tunes like Reischman's Django-esque "Snake Eyes". The pair shifts rhythmic gears on Celso Machado's reflective chorinho "Pacoca" and the beautiful jazz waltz "Wind Song", which is as smooth and bracing as driving a convertible down a newly paved country road on a perfect early spring day.

Joe Ross (staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Great rhythm, creativity, respect for tradition, and sense of humor
Playing Time - 42:01 -- Hang on tight. “The Bumpy Road” has plenty of twists and turns. However, with guitarist John Miller and mandolinist John Reischman in the drivers’ seats, we can be assured that we’ll arrive safely at our final destination. Along the way, we might visit Central America, Ireland, Cuba, Puerto Rico, South America, and Paris. Largely original material characterizes the smooth, dreamy album from Miller and Reischman. “The Bumpy Road” is their second duo project and was released in 2002. A bit different than their first release, “The Singing Moon” (1998), this CD has both musicians equally sharing the soloing and improvising. Also, “The Path Downhill” features the vocals of Koralee Tonack. There are no weak cuts on “The Bumpy Road,” but some personal favorites are those that either really challenge the pickers…or result in a musical bonding that reaps bountiful rewards. Miller’s “Danza” and Reischman’s “Snake Eyes” and “Three Lions” are good examples. Besides using their nimble fingers, these guys clearly know how to be astute listeners to each other too. Celso Machado's chorinho “Pacoca” and Miller’s jazz waltz “Wind Song” make the intricate notes and techniques sound so very effortless. We know that great skill and exertion are need to do it all so right, and we even hear a few grunts of concentration. The only slight criticism I have of “The Bumpy Road” is that this type of music would have a much fuller sound with a little low end as in having a hot upright bass player in the session, especially to complement the mandolin’s rhythm during guitar breaks.

Expect plenty of flair, festivity and fun while on “The Bumpy Road” with Reischman and Miller, two outstanding musicians who share similar admirable qualities -- great rhythm, creativity, respect for tradition, and sense of humor. Isn’t it about time for this duo to give us another set of grooving, memorable tunes? (Joe Ross)