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David Grisman/John Sebastian

Satisfied – 2007 (Acoustic Disc)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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An intimate musical experience is a good way to describe this collaboration between musical icons, David Grisman and John Sebastian, who first met each other in New York City in the early '60s.

John Sebastian does most of the lead singing, save for some great harmonies from David Grisman on "John Henry," and plays guitar and an occasional harmonica. Grisman accompanies him throughout, mostly on mandolin. The tunes run the gamut from instrumentals like "Dawg's Waltz" and "EMD" to bluesy numbers ("I'm Satisfied") jug band tunes ("Harmandola Blues" and "Jug Band Waltz") and more familiar numbers ("Deep Purple," "John Henry" and "Walk Right Back," done as an instrumental).

The music is laid back, yet full of energy. Like an informal living room picking party session, this album features simply features two friends playing and singing. And, like the title implies, the listener will find it a very satisfying experience.