Now this is the perfect DualDisc-type combo as far as I’m concerned. Well, would be even more perfect if the CD were a hybrid SACD and the DVD had a DTS 5.1 soundtrack, but who am I to grouse. The point is the buyer gets a terrific mandolin duo CD (which can be played anywhere) featuring a variety of music – not just Brazilian – plus three great video tracks of the duo in action playing three of the tunes also heard on the CD. In other words, the DVD is not just a promotional video of the performers or album – as done with many such packages – but actual performances by the artists on the CD, though a bit short.
Mike Marshall has been just about the top mandolin picker on recordings for some decades now – with Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer, David Grisman, Psychograss, The Modern Mandolin Quartet, and various Brazilian musicians. Hamilton De Holanda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Brazilian instrumental music, though just 30 years old. He met Marshall at a mandolin festival in France a couple years ago, and this album is a delightful example of the music they now make together with only their large and small mandolins. (Actually, Marshall is also heard on a mandocello and a tenor guitar and Holanda plays both a 10-string Bandolim and an Irish Bouzouki.) They’re both superb pickers and in spite of cultural and language differences they share a fascination with cutting thru the separations between different types of music around the world. they are plainly into extreme crossover. Just look at the song list. Don’t miss these guys – they’ll bowl you over!
Tracks: Receita de Samba, Blackberry Blossom/Apanhei-te Cavaquinho, Egypt, Brejeiro, Valsa em Si, Cochichano, Big Country, Desvairada, Sao Jorge, Pre Sempre, Autumn Leaves, New Words, Ham & Mike, Reprise of Receita de Samba.
– John Henry