Dave Apollon, The Man With The Mandolin

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Ask the great pickers to name the most remarkable mandolinist ever, and they're likely to cite this early-20th century Hungarian immigrant. Regardless of whether he becomes your personal favorite, his stature in the mandolin world is pretty much uncontested. These historical recordings (the first disc covering 1930-39, the second from 1941-56) document the mandolin's once-prominent presence in vaudeville and trace its progression toward jazz in the hands of an unbelievably deft and versatile musician.