Far from Enough

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
If you didn’t know it, it might never occur to you that this album is the work of bassist Viktor Krauss. Instead, our attention is trained on the two featured players: guitarist Bill Frisell and slide guitarist Jerry Douglas. In fact, Far from Enough sounds as if it could be another Frisell opus; his influence and airy aesthetic pervade the proceedings. Yet none of this detracts from the strengths of this mainly instrumental album. Krauss, a noted session man who also holds down the bottom line in the bands of Lyle Lovett and, occasionally, Frisell, knows how to conjure up a mood and sustain it throughout the course of the album. The spotlight may steadily shine on ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
If you didn’t know it, it might never occur to you that this album is the work of bassist Viktor Krauss. Instead, our attention is trained on the two featured players: guitarist Bill Frisell and slide guitarist Jerry Douglas. In fact, Far from Enough sounds as if it could be another Frisell opus; his influence and airy aesthetic pervade the proceedings. Yet none of this detracts from the strengths of this mainly instrumental album. Krauss, a noted session man who also holds down the bottom line in the bands of Lyle Lovett and, occasionally, Frisell, knows how to conjure up a mood and sustain it throughout the course of the album. The spotlight may steadily shine on Frisell and Douglas, but sonic atmosphere rather than guitar pyrotechnics is the call of the day. Haunting melodies abound, and diverse musical feels from hard rock to country interweave. Krauss’s sister Allison also pitches in on vocals for a faithful rendition of Robert Plant’s “Big Log,” which, in this gripping version, deserves to be a hit all over again. Far from Enough is the kind of album that sneaks up on you, then holds on tight.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer/double bassist Viktor Krauss has spent a great deal of time lurking in the shadows as a much sought-after session player. With an audio resumé that boasts collaborations with Sam Bush, the Chieftains, Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, and Bill Frisell, Krauss is no novice. His debut for Nonesuch Records, Far from Enough, features a band culled from the very core of progressive country, bluegrass, and jazz. Sister Alison Krauss, string giant Jerry Douglas, drummer Steve Jordan, and guitar icon Frisell return the favor on 11 moody instrumentals and one choice cover. Self-described as "a soundtrack without the movie" -- which should really be its own genre by now -- Far from Enough bristles with late-night electricity and post-dawn melancholy, utilizing its author's abilities like a canvas painting itself. The supernatural fluidity of Douglas' slide work sneaks in and out Frisell's meandering solos like a jealous lover, especially on the rolling title track. Alison Krauss, whose delicate vocals are run through a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti filter, harmonizes with her brother effectively, especially on the appropriately titled "Overcast," a spooky piece of mood music that reveals petal after petal of sneaky motifs. "Philo" begins with Viktor supplying a clever overtone lick on the upright while Frisell lazily flirts with the blues, maintaining a slithery allegiance to his jazzier tendencies, leaving Alison to lay on the glue with sultry "ooohs" and "ahhhs" -- the cover of Robert Plant's "Big Log" is effortless, and her breathy delivery fits the material like a new pair of shoes. The raw "Grit Lap" sounds like filler from Tom Waits' Bone Machine, but this aggressive style fares better on the funky "Here to Be Me," a pounding middle finger of a song that manages to achieve a near perfect John Bonham drum sound while simultaneously channeling Medeski, Martin & Wood. It's difficult to pull Krauss out of the mix, as his work so echoes his previous incarnations as a sideman. In fact, it's hard not to experience Far from Enough as the dark older sibling to Frisell's Nashville. However, it's a testament to his abilities as a collaborator that these excellent musicians feel so comfortable just being themselves, and the mark of a true captain to run the ship from the rear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597981926
  • Catalog Number: 79819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For a Good Time (4:34)
  2. 2 Far from Enough (4:03)
  3. 3 Overcast (6:50)
  4. 4 Tended (5:32)
  5. 5 Philo (4:27)
  6. 6 Big Log (5:07)
  7. 7 Playground (4:09)
  8. 8 Grit Lap (5:31)
  9. 9 Sunday Afternoon Man (5:25)
  10. 10 Side Street (4:03)
  11. 11 Here to Be Me (2:10)
  12. 12 Split Window (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Viktor Krauss Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Bass Drums, Electric Piano, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar, Weissenborn
Alison Krauss Viola, Vocals
Bill Frisell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Steve Jordan Conga, Drums
Technical Credits
Robert Plant Composer
Jezz Woodroffe Composer
Robbie Blunt Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Bill Frisell Composer
Viktor Krauss Composer
Lee Townsend Producer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Gregg Schaufeld Editorial Coordinator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Krauss is best in the background

    I don't know what this musician with such a lustrous muscial lineage was thinking, but his album is awful. It drones from one monotonic track to another. To boot, the sound quality is equally bad. I think he should stay on as backup because as lead, he doesn't cut it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    I get more addicted to this CD after each listen. There are so many things going on between Viktor Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Bill Frisell, you can't possibly take it all in one sitting. Plus the compositions are great. Alison Krauss' performance on the Robert Plant cover of "Big Log" is great. It's very hard to describe this cd, because it is a blend of so many styles and genres. With this lineup of musicians, you can't go wrong. All I can say is... get this cd, and give it several listens. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the next Sleeper cd

    A great solo effort cd from this talented musician, so if you dont recognize Viktor as an excellent bassist/guitarist from other work with Lyle Lovett, then you will certainly not miss his support from Jerry Douglass, Bill Frizell, Steve Jordan, and sister Alison Krauss. Largely instrumental, this cd has a beautiful mix of acoustic/electric melodies that you will find extremely captivating. He is a true musician writing very tastful melodies. With no disrespect intended, he does not need the reputation of Alison or others for that matter to support him. But it certainly shows what they think of him to appear on his debut. The mix of musicianship is superb. I am sure you will see this album rise to the call of a fine blend of acoustic/electric rock/jazz and of what true musicans produce and record. A beautiful work of art. Thanks

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