Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661054820
  • Catalog Number: 610548
  • Sales rank: 16,010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Farewell Blues (4:00)
  2. 2 Bon Aqua Blues (3:00)
  3. 3 Fox on the Run - Tom Adams (2:46)
  4. 4 Twilight Kingdom - Béla Fleck (8:33)
  5. 5 Run Mountain (2:59)
  6. 6 Escher's Waltz (3:38)
  7. 7 Doggy Salt (2:41)
  8. 8 The Crow (3:21)
  9. 9 Ivory Toad of Catalan - Béla Fleck (4:58)
  10. 10 Arcadia (4:16)
  11. 11 Old Cane Pole - Bill Emerson (4:51)
  12. 12 Live and Let Live - Tom Adams (3:09)
  13. 13 Armando's Children - Béla Fleck (5:47)
  14. 14 Plunkin' Rag (3:15)
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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
Toby Mountain Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    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)

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