BiographyStatman is a versatile musician who's made his mark pursuing a range of seemingly non-related directions over his twenty-plus year career. He began playing Bluegrass mandolin in the 1970s and soon turned his attention to Klezmer, investigating his Jewish roots and studying with legendary clarinetist Dave Tarras. He has also cited the influence of jazz musicians John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, most evident in the spiritual nature of records including the exploratory Between Heaven and Earth as well as more meditative, polished fare such as The Hidden Light. His Bluegrass output is similarly varied, ranging from the spirited hoedowns of Andy's Ramble to the more experimental Mandolin Abstractions, recorded with frequent partner David Grisman.
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