We'll Know When We Get There[CD]
The group, Steve Bernstein (mandolin), Mark Bernstein (guitar), and Robert Bard (bass) is a sound to experience. Deep...rich...shimmering, their music speaks to the ear of the heart. The romance of tango, the lilt of mazurka, the elegance of swing, the many shades of waltz...a cool bossa nova, a fiery samba, the passion of the blues-this trio can swing, rock, bop and stop on a dime!.... Unrestrained by boundaries of style, The Bernstein-Bard Trio crafts every piece into something uniquely original and beautiful. Whether performing standards by Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Django Reinhart, George Gershwin...; Latin or Tango by Jobim, Bonfa, Bizet...; traditional and popular melodies from around the world; the music of John Lennon, Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia..; their own original compositions...BB Trio interpret it all with style and grace. There are 4 great guest musicians on the new CD. Fiddler Jay Ungar ('Ashokan Farewell,' 'Lovers Waltz' and many others) and clarinetist Peter Davis (from the group Swingology) play beautifully on the Finnish waltz 'Metsakukia' and the Duke Ellington swing tune 'I'm Beginning to See the Light.' Brian Melick plays percussion on the Jobim bossa nova classic 'Dindi.' He also plays an African instrument called an Udu on Sting's 'Fragile.' Steve Gorn adds to the tribal feel on 'Fragile' with the haunting sound of a Bansuri wooden flute. Here's what mandolin virtuoso Butch Baldassari said about 'We'll Know When We Get There' in the latest issue of Mandolin Magazine: "...evoking the sweetest of sounds from his mandolin, Steve Bernstein along with Mark Bernstein on nylon string guitar and Robert Bard on upright bass effortlessly ramble through a gamut of music... where the group really shines and when their sound is even more defined is on 'Dindi' by Jobim. With the addition of light percussion by Brian Melick, the Bernstein Bard Trio grooves like crazy. "...My hands down favorite piece on the CD is 'Sweet Sarah' written by Steve Bernstein. Opening with some music box-like harmonics this melody is strong and soulful and is destined to enter this writer's repertoire! "...I'd definitely recommend We'll Know When We Get There as required listening for 2007." -Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine, January 2007 Here's a great review from David Malachowski of Chronogram Magazine: "Just by looking at the cover of the Bernstein Bard Trio's new release - an acoustic guitar and mandolin leaning casually against a reclining upright bass in the grass - you know straightway this is an organic outing.The New Paltz-based wooden warriors include Steve Bernstein (mandolin), Mark Bernstein (guitar), and Robert Bard (bass), and they have their own slant on acoustic-driven music with the impressive We'll Know When We Get There... "BBT gets off to a fine start with 'Manzanillo,' which features Steve taking the melody while Mark offers several sweet solos. "There are plenty of obvious choices of material here that are quite satisfying: Duke Ellington's 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' Fats Waller's 'Ain't Misbehavin',' and the traditional 'Scarborough Fair' all go to delightful places. But it's the unlikely selection of Sting's 'Fields of Gold' that could be the highlight. It's uncanny how well a Sting song works in an acoustic context, and what delicate wonders these players work with it. The musicianship and approach here are exceptional, and there's comfort in knowing that there was no electricity used by the instruments. (Politically correct production values!)" -David Malachowski, Chronogram Magazine, December 2006 And then there's this review about the song 'Sweet Sarah' from Scott Tichenor, owner of Mandolin Cafe: 'One of the finest pieces of music I've heard in a while. First rate.' The new version of the CD has 13 songs with new artwork in an environmentally friendly package.
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