Dave Berry’s collection of original tunes, Morning Walk, covers a wide range of acoustic music styles, led by Dave’s mandolin in collaboration with numerous terrific un-(or under-) recorded NorCal musicians,... It’s an excellent recording, brilliantly mastered by Ivan Rosenberg, with plenty of fine music — which will be featured on Bluegrass Signal.
KALW - Bluegrass Signal
This album is what they call a real sleeper, nothing flashy, just great new music that sounds timeless.
KALW - A Patchwork Quilt
I absolutely love this album!! ... so refreshing to hear well crafted and produced original tunes, so well performed. Folks need to know about Morning Walk.
Founder, The Crooked Jades
This album sounds fantastic. Great tunes, arrangements and tones. I really like the feel of the project. And it's great to hear Jee-Hee fiddling on Morning Walk! Nice
Violinist/Founder, Manning Music
Wonderful CD. Great tunes and fine picking.
Chromatic Harmonica Maestro
Announcing Morning Walk
Dave Berry, mandolinist, composer, singer-songwriter, and author on Bluegrass Today of the California Report and other featured articles has released the album Morning Walk featuring friends from the California bluegrass community and beyond. These ten original instrumental tunes reflect his Bluegrass and Celtic heritage and passion for fiddle tunes acquired from his very first mandolin instruction book, 30 Fiddle Tunes For Mandolin By Butch Baldassari. He credits attending the Mandolin Symposium, plus other camps, lessons, and workshops from John Reischman, David Grisman, Don Stiernberg, Jody Stecher, Sharon Gilchrist, and Mike Marshall for helping inspire and develop his confidence, sound, and style. A significant amount of recent wood-shedding and a stellar lineup of musicians including master fiddler Brandon Godman (Laurie Lewis, Dale Ann Bradley) and hammered dulcimer extraordinaire Simon Chrisman (Wes Corbett, Jeremy Kittel) bring out the best in this diverse group of tunes.
"An esteemed contributor to Bluegrass Today, Dave Berry doesn’t simply talk the talk. The sounds this San Francisco-based scribe makes with a group of friends and fellow travelers, as represented on his excellent new album, Morning Walk, reflects his reverence and respect for music that taps into tradition while also providing an exceptional outlet for his own creative desires." more
"As he gathered his songs for this project, he enlisted the help of many of his Bay Area friends, and each contributor added some nuances of sound that make the songs delightful to hear, and if your feet are so inclined, add a spring to your step and maybe a joy to your heart. Instrumentals are hardest to compose and the song titles only give clues to the meaning conveyed by the mixture of the instruments... more"