Ardent Spirit features 14 original instrumentals performed by Mark Beale on mandolin, guitar and acoustic lap steel. Drawing from bluegrass, blues, and jazz, the term Jazz-Grass may describe this style best. From the Latin-influenced "Ode to Brazil" to the reverence of "Presence of God", the feeling here is soulful, sincere, and personal. "Muddy Bottom" takes us through a dark bayou and the 3 minute mandolin solo on "Emperor's Blues" is worth the price of admission alone.
Beale is a gifted instrumentalist and every tune is etched with a special emotional resonance. Bluegrass Unlimited.