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by The Joe Craven Trio

Instrumental works and songs pay tribute to American Bluegrass, Blues, New Orleans, Swing and Funk, as well as the music of Brazil, Haiti, Ireland and Puerto Rico performed by this power trio of mandolin/fiddle, drums and keyboards!
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Up With the Crackadons
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2. Forrocious
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3. Get Off It!
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4. Lil Pixie's
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5. Monkey Biz
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6. Sofrito
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7. Sloppy D
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8. The Bucket of Stones
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9. The Secret Moon
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10. The Crooked Men
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Album Notes
"With Joe Craven at the helm the possibilities are endless." - Sing Out! Magazine
“This is a journey not to be missed on any account.” - All Music Guide
"Joe is a treasure in the worlds of string jazz and roots music.” - Reno Gazette
"One of the most daringly inventive musicians working today.” - Mandolin Magazine
“ tunes that have a timelessness that stays.” - Sacramento News and Review
“...swinging inventiveness.” - Los Angeles Times

Original compositions from the four members of this Trio were written for this long awaited project produced and lead by award winning educator and performer Joe Craven. Instrumental works and two songs pay tribute to American Bluegrass, Blues, New Orleans, Swing and Funk, as well as the music of Brazil, Haiti, Ireland and Puerto Rico.
A power groove trio featuring John R. Burr (Maria Muldaur, Robben Ford, Alison Brown) on keyboards/key bass, Kendrick Freeman (Rob Ickes, Tokenki, Alison Brown) on drums/percussion and vocals, Rich Kuhns on accordion and Joe Craven (Jerry Garcia, Rob Ickes, David Lindley, Alison Brown, David Grisman, The Horseflies and more) on fiddle/mandolin, percussion and vocals, the celebration is a surprisingly full sound for a party of three. Burr and Kuhns alternate as the keyboard members of this group of music veterans from Northern California. Their sound is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
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Kevin Russell

Joe Craven's Trio is the crossroads of every kind of music!
Joe Craven's Trio, which may actually be a quartet, have just released their first project and it is, easily, one of the most joyful, musically interesting pieces of work I've heard in years. Joe and company demonstrate what happens when you mix together jazz, blues, bluegrass and, what nowadays we call, world music. Except under the broad heading of "terrific" you can't really classify this stuff.
But what else could you expect from Joe, whose primary instrument seems to be his quirky irrepressible spirit; along with mandolin, fiddle and all things percussive. (Anything this guy doesn't play?).
Of course it helps that he's pulled together a group consisting of top tier under appreciated players.
Kendrick Freeman, late of Alison Brown's group, is a rhythmic force of nature who is masterful at providing exactly the right percussion support for any form of music; jazz to folk to bluegrass.
John R. Burr has long deserved more recognition than he's got, despite stints with Robben Ford, Alison Brown and others. John's articulate, lyrical, emotionally expressive work is always spot on and nothing short of genius.
Ric Kuhn, unknown to me before this, appears to be a monster accordianist with both a tremendous technical facility, on this much maligned instrument, and a composer's ear for catchy melody.
What a delight to listen to these masters as they create music unencumbered by rules or definitions from the music industry. This is what creativity and musical joy sounds like.
Do yourself a favor, don't miss this one.