From Barcelona comes Grazztrio, a new experimental string band that performs their own original music. Their approach merges traditional bluegrass instruments and playing styles with rhythms and harmonic concepts common to jazz and classical music.
Members include Lluis Gomex on banjo, Oriol Gonzàlez on mandolin, and Maribel Rivero on bass. All are experienced and accomplished instrumentalists, with backgrounds in bluegrass, classical, gypsy jazz, contemporary jazz, and the traditional folk music of various European cultures.
Their 12 track debut album, Three Sheets To The Wind, is expected to release in late February. Here’s a taste of one of the tunes, Funky Thumb.
Gomez tells us that they cut the whole project live, with no overdubs.
The album was recorded in one day, with no separate tracks. We enjoyed it a lot.
There are some mistakes, of course, but I think the feeling of the CD is great.”
Look for Three Sheets To The Wind next month wherever you find bluegrass and acoustic music.