The Great Guitars: On the Trail


On the Trail (from The Grand Canyon Suite)


The Great Guitars


The Return of the Great Guitars (Concord 4715)

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Charlie Byrd (guitar), Herb Ellis (guitar), Mundell Lowe (guitar),

John Goldsby (bass), Tim Horner (drums)


Composed by Ferde Grofé


Recorded: New York, February 14-15, 1996


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

"Basically just a big hole in the ground," scoffs our friend who's never seen it. Well, yeah, but as big holes go, Arizona's Grand Canyon is a mother. Anyone blessed to have witnessed it will appreciate composer Ferde Grofé's awed response, which inspired his Grand Canyon Suite (1931). "On the Trail," best known of five movements, is here traversed by the Great Guitars. Aroused before dawn, the group rustles up grub, breaks camp and by sunrise hits the trail. Herb solos first, next Charlie, then Mundell—just three American coots finding new wonders in familiar terrain. What could be grander?

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 m.malloy // Jun 14, 2008 at 03:32 AM
    i remember hearing mundell, once, he definintly had his own sound.