'Celtic & More Violin Duets,' Arranged by Aleksey Igudesman (Universal Edition, $17.95)
Igudesman doesn't hesitate to mix musical styles
Violinist Janine Jansen endorses Igudesman in her preface to this edition as "versatile, unique, exciting, and extraordinarily gifted." If you don't mind your traditional Celtic tunes mixed with rock style and bluegrass, then this is the book for you. Igudesman doesn't hesitate to mix musical styles in his own way, maintaining this collection is still truly Celtic in spirit, sound, and "groove." "Auld Lang Syne," "Danny Boy," and "Morrison's Jig" feature among the ten popular tunes to which Igudesman adds bagpipe ornamentation and Irish fiddler embellishments. "My Bonnie Flies over the Ocean" is mixed with Eastern European rhythms and more bluegrass. Igudesman explains how to play via expression, sound production, slides, grace notes, and tempo. Play along, listen, learn, and above all, enjoy the "groove," if you like cross—over.