Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular

Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular

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by Tony Trischka
     
 
Banjo innovator Tony Trischka's vision has cut a wide swath across the contemporary music scene, touching both time-held and progressive traditions with folk and bluegrass. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular is less a new thrust in a new direction than an overview allowing Trischka and his talented friends to revisit highlights in their own careers. Overall,

Overview

Banjo innovator Tony Trischka's vision has cut a wide swath across the contemporary music scene, touching both time-held and progressive traditions with folk and bluegrass. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular is less a new thrust in a new direction than an overview allowing Trischka and his talented friends to revisit highlights in their own careers. Overall, the effort veers toward conservative, instrumental music ("Bon Qua Blues") supplemented by the occasional vocal ("Fox on the Run") that most listeners would recognize as bluegrass. On each cut, Trischka is joined by another renowned banjoist within a bluegrass setting (mandolin, bass, guitars). On the opener, "Farewell Blues," he's joined by none other than Earl Scruggs; on "Twilight Kingdom," "Ivory Toad of Catalan," and "Armando's Children," he's paired with Béla Fleck. As one might guess, the earlier selection with Scruggs is a little less adventurous than the ones with Fleck, but since the acoustic instrumentation remains the same, it all flows of a piece. Perhaps the oddest partner on Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular is comic Steve Martin. Those with longer memories, however, will recall Martin's television appearances when the banjo often formed part of his standup act. With lots of talented sparring partners and solid material, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular will especially appeal to Trischka's older, more conservative fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661054820
catalogNumber:
610548
Rank:
86435

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Trischka   Primary Artist,Banjo
Steve Martin   Banjo
Alison Brown   Banjo
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
David Grier   Guitar
Tony Rice   Guitar
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Barry Mitterhoff   Mandolin
Jon Sholle   Guitar
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Lou Reid   Vocal Harmony
Tom Adams   Banjo
Bill Emerson   Banjo
Barry Bales   Bass
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Byron House   Bass
David Wallace McLaughlin   Mandolin
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Stafford   Guitar
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Jim Whitney   Bass
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
Marty Confurius   Bass
Chris Thile   Mandolin,Vocals
Kenny Ingram   Banjo
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Noam Pikelny   Banjo
Kenny Smith & The Loveliters   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Michael Daves   Guitar,Vocals
Sally Love   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Trischka   Composer,Producer
Tony Hazzard   Composer
J.E. Mainer   Composer
Bill Emerson   Composer
Béla Fleck   Composer,Producer
Ronnie Freeland   Overdub Producer
Paul Mares   Composer
Jim Robeson   Engineer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Gene Sullivan   Composer
Hubert Davis   Composer
Wiley Walker   Composer
Neil V. Rosenberg   Liner Notes
Richard Battaglia   Engineer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Jason Marcucci   Engineer
Benny Jarrell   Composer
Abigail Washburn   Composer
Sarah Lainie Radawich   Graphic Design
Jason Stacium   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you a bluegrass fan who just can’t get enough banjo? Then this is just the snappy and innovative album for you. Pyrotechnic five-string duets performed with excellent accompaniment are on the menu of Tony Trischka’s “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular.” Originally from New York, Tony began picking the banjo in 1963 at age 14. One of his students, Bela Fleck, is also prominently featured on this project as both a player and tunewriter. The other nimble-fingered banjo-players in the duets include Earl Scruggs, Steve Martin, Alison Brown, Tom Adams, Scott Vestal, Noam Pikelny, Kenny Ingram and Bill Emerson. Quick-paced romps give way to bright and breezy grooves with all of the standard bluegrass instruments getting a piece of the action. The guitar breaks from David Grier, Kenny Smith and Tony Rice are especially noteworthy, although I found it interesting that Grier’s were isolated rather far right in the stereo mix. At almost nine minutes in length, Twilight Kingdom begins with melodious interplay between Tony and Bela before being infused with added hustle four minutes into the piece. They also collaborate on the project’s leanest arrangement, “Armando’s Children,” written by Bela. From the repertoire of Jim Eanes and The Shenandoah Boys, the album closes with Steve Martin and Tony Trischka in the drivers’ seats for “Plunkin’ Rag” (aka “Ridin’ the Waves”) in which the two pickers provide harmony with their Scruggs tuners. Don’t try that at home without the ability to overdub! A few vocal bluegrass numbers provide some changes in the disc’s overall musical mood. This is a top notch, expressive production that shows how much adoration the banjo is deserving of. (Joe Ross)