Metro – World Café Quartet

This CD is currently out of print. Plans are in the works to re-release it as an mp3 download. Check back later for more information.

“Metro” features the music of Paris, Rio, and New York, performed on mandolin, bass, percussion, melodica, accordion, & guitar. From the title track, written by bassist Nate Davis, the CD winds its eclectic way through Brazilian choro, the music of Eric Satie, French mussette, jazz standards like “Good-bye Pork Pie Hat,” and “Darn that Dream,” and original compositions by group members. Fans of Marilynn Mair’s mandolin will be surprised and delighted to hear her original accordion tunes, such as “Diablo,” “Champagne for Meredith,” and “The Brinsley Waltz,” written for WCQ percussionist extraordinaire, Brinsley Davis. Recorded in three days of live sessions, the CD exudes joie de vivre.

Songs List

  1. Metro – Nate Davis
  2. Migalhas De Amor – Jacob do Bandolim
  3. A Natureza – Luiz dos Santos
  4. Accordeon Samba – Jean Peyronn
  5. Snow Turning To Rain – Mark Davis
  6. Pe De Moleque – Celso Machado
  7. My Funny Valentine – Rodgers & Hart
  8. Vou Vivendo – Pixinguinha
  9. Diablo – Marilynn Mair
  10. The Brinsley Waltz – Marilynn Mair
  11. Receita De Samba – Jacob do Bandolim
  12. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles Mingus
  13. Sports & Divertissements – Eric Satie
    Le Tango Perpetuel
    La Balancoire
    Le Yachting
    Le Carnaval
    Le Reveil De La Mariee
  14. Fla-Flu – Luiz Maria de Abreu
  15. Assim Mesmo – Luiz Americano
  16. Darn That Dream – Jimmy Van Heusen
  17. Champagne – Marilynn Mair
  18. Xodo Da Baiana – Dilermando Reis
  19. Brejeiro – Ernesto Nazareth
  20. Souline – Matelo Ferret


“The entire record is a delight. Marilynn Mair turns in sparkling performances on this CD. Brinsley Davis contributes tasteful percussion and melodica and Nathaniel Davis provides some stunning work on acoustic bass.”

Scott Tichenor
Mandolin Quarterly (USA)

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  • “Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her.”

    – Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)

    “Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light… her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to.”

    — Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)

    Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance.”

    – Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)

    “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)

    “Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance… her commitment to the music shines through.”

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    “She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound.”

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary.”
    – La Rioja (Spain)

    “Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness.”

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio.”

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

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    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor… Mair’s a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places…”

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    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

    — Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)

    “Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music… she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions.”
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    – – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time.

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)