Mark O’Connor is a Musical Chameleon

Bluegrass/country/classical/jazz/folk/etc.(Photo: Jim McGuire)
Bluegrass/country/classical/jazz/folk/etc.(Photo: Jim McGuire)

Describing Mark O’Connor to someone unfamiliar with him is akin to explaining wind to someone who has never been outside. Just like wind can be anything from a gentle breeze to a hurricane, Mark O’Connor is an American bluegrass/country/classical/jazz/folk/fiddler/violinist/composer/music teacher/author.

That was premiered as part of  ProMusica’s gala concert last May in the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

So, how do you top all of this?  How about a good old Jam Session? That’s the name of O’Connor’s latest recording which, for this listener, is just sheer musical joy from start to finish.  O’Connor teams with some of music’s best improvisational players: Chris Thile on mandolin, Frank Vignola and Bryan Sutton on guitar, and Jon Burr and Byron House on bass.

For the absolute joy of music making (and listening), it doesn’t get any better than this.

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