Artistry of the 6-String Banjo

Artistry of the 6-String Banjo

by Harvey Reid
     
 

For those who believe that the banjo is an instrument for bluegrass and bluegrass alone, think again. Harvey Reid's The Artistry of the 6-String Banjo concentrates on the rare six-string banjo, recording an eclectic collection of blues, ragtime, and even classical music. Scott Joplin's overly familiar "The Entertainer" is given a…  See more details below

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For those who believe that the banjo is an instrument for bluegrass and bluegrass alone, think again. Harvey Reid's The Artistry of the 6-String Banjo concentrates on the rare six-string banjo, recording an eclectic collection of blues, ragtime, and even classical music. Scott Joplin's overly familiar "The Entertainer" is given a fresh reworking by Reid's bright banjo playing, while Bach's "Minuet in G" is delivered with a light and delicate air. He has said that good instrumentalists make their complicated fingerpicking seem easy, and he accomplishes just that. Several of these pieces come from earlier albums on which he used the six-string banjo, including the pirate-tinged "Pieces of Eight" and an old-time version of "The Cuckoo." The rocking -- yes rocking -- "Six-Shooter Stomp" has potentially created a new genre of boogie-woogie banjo, and one shouldn't miss the flamenco flavored "Andelusia Revisited." While Reid doesn't play guitar on this album, fans of his guitar work will enjoy flatpicker Dan Crary's guest spot on "Bill Baily." There's also one more bonus for banjo lovers: in case six-strings weren't enough, Reid has recorded two instrumentals, "The Gaoler's Jig" and "Sitting on Top of the World," using the 12-string banjo. Nearly half of these instrumentals were written by Reid, and they fit snugly beside the traditional material. One thing that makes him such a fascinating artist is his willingness to build an entire album around a theme, or in this instance, an instrument. The Artistry of the 6-String Banjo should fascinate banjo players and offer something bright and shiny to Reid fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1995
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0649279011029
catalogNumber:
5637319604
Rank:
177226

Tracks

  1. The Entertainer
  2. Jesse James
  3. The Gaoler's Jig
  4. Six-Shooter Stomp
  5. Minuet in G
  6. Mock Orange
  7. The Sailor's Hornpipe
  8. Sitting on Top of the World
  9. Rickett's Hornpipe/Boys from Bluehill
  10. Bill Baily
  11. Andelusia Revisited
  12. Suite: For the Duches
  13. Old Black Joe
  14. Good for Nothin' Blues
  15. Chanoyu
  16. Cindy/Cripple Creek
  17. Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
  18. Pieces of Eight
  19. Canal Street Strut
  20. The Cukoo
  21. The Unknown Soldier

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