This recording features: Michael Zisman on Mandolin, Jason Vanderford on Rhythm Guitar, and Joe Kyle Jr on Acoustic Bass. Our special guests include Doug Martin - guitar, Ned Boynton - Guitar, Kim Nalley - Vocals and Andrew Speight on Tenor Sax and Flute. About this record: 'I have a life-long love affair with melodies', Michael confesses when asked about the inspiration for this album. 'To me, all the various styles of music I have heard since childhood are different dialects of the same language. For this album, I wanted to approach songs that I love with the mandolin, no matter what musical tradition they came from. I've learned that musicians (and really all entertainers) are storytellers. I love melodies that unfold stories; stories of love, stories of great deeds, stories of passion; and I love to entertain people by retelling these stories in my own way--and sometimes even writing my own stories. I believe if musical stories are told right, they can transport the listener, set a mood and inspire people to live--and revel in--their own stories." From the liner notes of Taverna Nights: 'Sit down, relax, chat, dance, flirt, gossip, greet your old friends, meet someone new. (Isn't that certain someone over there giving you the eye?) You know what to do.... Eat, Drink, Laugh, Love, Live, and listen to the music of "la dolce vita"...'