Crossing the Tracks

Crossing the Tracks

by Béla Fleck
     
 

Crossing the Tracks was Béla Fleck's first solo album, released on LP by Rounder Records in 1979 (for some reason Rounder never got around to releasing it on CD until 2005), and it featured an inspired and forward-thinking string band consisting of Bob Applebaum on mandolin, Russ Barenberg on…  See more details below

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Crossing the Tracks was Béla Fleck's first solo album, released on LP by Rounder Records in 1979 (for some reason Rounder never got around to releasing it on CD until 2005), and it featured an inspired and forward-thinking string band consisting of Bob Applebaum on mandolin, Russ Barenberg on acoustic guitar, Sam Bush on fiddle, Mark Schatz on acoustic bass, and Fleck, then a 20-year-old banjo player with brilliant chops and a bebop heart. Fleck gets the bluegrass monkey off his back with the opening track, a solid version of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' "Dear Old Dixie," and then is free to roam through a gentle and sparkling set of traditional tunes ("Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman"), boogie rags (Fats Waller's "How Can You Face Me Now"), airy and elegant originals ("Inman Square" and the wonderful, endlessly shifting "Twilight"), and genre-jumping jazz covers (Chick Corea's "Spain"), all done with a bright, joyful élan, before ending things with a beautiful old-timey version of the traditional "Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow," which features vocals from Fleck's old Tasty Licks bandmate Pat Enright. In time this sort of thing would come to be known as "jazzgrass" or "newgrass," but there really wasn't a name for it in 1979, which certainly didn't stop Fleck from going there. Crossing the Tracks is full of subtle innovation, and if it doesn't seem as immediately startling as his later fusion flights, listen again. All the seeds are there.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661012127
catalogNumber:
610121
Rank:
107186

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle
Russ Barenberg   Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Fiddle
Randy Sabien   Fiddle
Bob Applebaum   Mandolin
Pat Enright   Vocals
Mark Schatz   Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Tony Trischka   Original Liner Notes
Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Béla Fleck   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Reissue Liner Notes
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Jim McGuire   Tray Photo
Susan Marsh   Original Cover Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Toni Lee Bear   Cover Photo

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