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Portrait of an American Original

Rudy Cipolla / Various Artists

Initial release : March 1997

Acoustic Disc ACD 22

A compilation of Rudy Cipolla music combing "Rudy's own interpretations with those of many of his adherents." This release is an extension of a larger project which was partly funded by the Rex Foundation.

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  • Theme (La Cumparsita)/Baja del Sol de Andalucia (Cipolla)
  • Here and There (Cipolla)
  • Potpourri: Excerpts from "Capone" (Cipolla)
  • La Civetta (Cipolla)
  • Study for Two Mandolins (Cipolla)
  • Mighty Little Samson (Cipolla)
  • Duo for Mandocello and Piano (Cipolla)
  • Camels, Camels (Cipolla)
  • La Provinciana/Bonita (Cipolla)
  • Rudy's Theme (Cipolla)
  • Monica (Cipolla)
  • La Civetta (Cipolla)
  • Here and There (Cipolla)
  • Mighty Swingin' Little Samson (Cipolla)
  • Butterfly on My Shoulder (Cipolla)
  • Ruperto Hiroflan/Theme (La Cumparsita) (Cipolla)

The tracks are performed by the following groups;

  • Theme (La Cumparsita)/Baja del Sol de Andalucia - The Argentine Trio
  • Here and There - Rudy Cipolla Ensemble
  • Potpurri: Excerpts Fro "Capone" - Rudy Cipolla Ensemble
  • La Civetta - Modern Mandolin Quartet
  • Study for Two Mandolins - Radim Zenkl
  • Mighty Little Samson - David Grisman Quintet
  • Duo for Mandocello and Piano - Bruen & Cipollina
  • Camels, Camels - Kaila Flexer & Third Ear
  • Provinciana/Bonita - The Argentine Trio
  • Rudy's Theme - Evan Marshall
  • Monica - Modern Mandolin Quartet
  • La Civetta - Rudy Cipolla Ensemble
  • Here and There - Radim Zenkl
  • Mighty Swingin' Little Samson - David Grisman Quintet
  • Butterfly on My Shoulder - Rudy Cipolla Ensemble
  • Ruperto Hiroflan/Theme (La Cumparsita) - The Argentine Trio
Individual musicians involved are;
  • Rudy Cipolla - mandolin, mandocello
  • Paul Binkley - mandola
  • Jim Boggio - accordion
  • Cindy Browne - bass
  • Bob Bruen - mandocello, mandolin
  • Joseph Carroll - bass
  • Antonia Cipollina - piano
  • Ernest Cloe - accordion
  • Enrique Coria - guitar
  • Joe Craven - percussion, violin
  • Tom d'Ambrosio - mandolin
  • Joel Davel - marimba
  • Matt Eakle - flute
  • Kaila Flexer - violin
  • David Grisman - mandolin, mandola, octave mandola, mandocello
  • John Imholz - mandocello
  • James Kerwin - bass
  • Evan Marshall - mandolin
  • Mike Marshall - mandolin, violin
  • Dana Rath - mandolin
  • Radim Zenkl - mandolin

  • Producer - David Grisman
  • Production assistance - Mike Marshall, Bob Bruen
  • Recording engineers - Larry Cummings, David Dennison, Stuart Rosenthal, Bob Shumaker
  • Potpourri recording engineer - Phill Sawyer
  • Duo for Mandocello and Piano recording engineer - Wendy Bardsley
  • Mastering - Paul Stubblebine
  • Liner Notes - Barbara Stacy
  • Additional notes - Bob Bruen, Antonia Cipollina, Kaila Flexer, David Grisman, Evan Marshall, Mike Marshall, , Radim Zenkl
  • Design, layout - D. Brent Hauseman
  • Photography - Bob Bruen, D. Brent Hauseman, Katrina Porzkova-Mitteregger, E.K. Waller, James D. Wilson and others
  • Special thanks to all the musicians, the Rex Foundation, Barbara Baer of Four Seasons Concerts, Jack Crymes, Pat Fahey, Jerry Garcia, Bernard Glansbeek, Pam Grisman, Steve Jarvis, June, Liz Lamson and the Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble, Craig Miller, Artie and Harriet Rose, Bob Sheppard, The Silver Strings, Matthew Stafford, Shric Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records
  • This album is dedicated to all the relatives and friends of Rudy Cipolla
  • Recorded at Dawg Studios between 1985 and 1995 except...
  • Potpourri recorded at 1750 Arch Studios, February 17, 1975
  • Duo for Mandocello and Piano recorded at Hyde Street Studios, May 1992
  • The Argentine Trio tracks are radio transcriptions
  • Mastered at The Rocket Lab

David Grisman comments on the Rex Foundation connection in his part of the CD booklet notes

This portrait of Rudy Cipolla and his music is an extension of a larger project underwritten in part by a grant from the Rex Foundation. I proposed this as a way of organising Rudy's music because a few years ago, when Bob Bruen and I were visiting Rudy we noticed mountains of music in boxes and old files. We thought it was time to deal with it and Rudy agreed.
Related releases

La Civetta and Camels, Camels are included on the Acoustic Disc sampler;