Ardent Spirit features 14 original instrumentals performed by Mark Beale on mandolin, guitar and acoustic lap steel. Drawing from bluegrass, blues, and jazz, the term Jazz-Grass may describe this style best. From the Latin-influenced 'Ode to Brazil' to the reverence of 'Presence of God', the feeling here is soulful, sincere, and personal. 'Muddy Bottom' takes us through a dark bayou and the 3 minute mandolin solo on 'Emperor's Blues' is worth the price of admission alone. Reviews: Beale is a gifted instrumentalist and every tune is etched with a special emotional resonance. Bluegrass Unlimited.
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