Picks and Pans Review: Meanings of

updated 02/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Mark O'Connor

O'Connor first played his fiddle at the Grand Ole Opry when he was 12, and he has since worked with such musicians as Stephane Grappelli, Merle Haggard, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. He's only 24 now but demonstrates in his first album on a major label that he's more than merely an accomplished performer. O'Connor plays violin, mandolin, viola, guitar, bass, dulcimer, synthesizers and piano, overdubbing himself throughout; the only non-O'Connor contributions are percussion. He also wrote eight of the nine compositions, the most successful of which is the one closest to his country music background, Opus 19: Folktunes. The other tracks vary from jazz to fusion to what sound like sound tracks, and some of them have aimless stretches. O'Connor's resonant, melodious style carries over on all his instruments, though, so there's a pleasing consistency that usually gets him past the dry spots. While nothing here is ever going to make anyone's hit parade, we've been given good music to muse by, and one of the likeliest things to muse about is O'Connor's obvious talent. (Warner Bros.)

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