Fiddle Tunes for Banjo

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
What unites these three banjo players -- Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, and Béla Fleck -- is their shared status as stylistic innovators on an instrument that, to most people, embodies strict traditionalism. There's still debate as to whether Trischka or Keith originated the "melodic" style of bluegrass banjo playing, one which tends to follow the melody exactly and fill in the spaces with scalar embellishments, rather than hitting occasional melody notes from within cascades of arpeggios, as is the practice in traditional, Scruggs-style picking. Neither Trischka nor Keith has proved willing to claim precedence over the other, so the debate may never be settled. At the time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
What unites these three banjo players -- Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, and Béla Fleck -- is their shared status as stylistic innovators on an instrument that, to most people, embodies strict traditionalism. There's still debate as to whether Trischka or Keith originated the "melodic" style of bluegrass banjo playing, one which tends to follow the melody exactly and fill in the spaces with scalar embellishments, rather than hitting occasional melody notes from within cascades of arpeggios, as is the practice in traditional, Scruggs-style picking. Neither Trischka nor Keith has proved willing to claim precedence over the other, so the debate may never be settled. At the time of this recording, Fleck who would later go on to great fame playing a sort of banjo-based jazz fusion was a young player expanding the boundaries of the Trischka/Keith school. On most of the program, the banjoists take turns leading separate groups through bluegrass standards such as "Black Mountain Rag" and "Fiddler's Dream" as well as unusual fare like the Irish tune "Paddy Kelly's Jig", but on the two bonus cuts provided on this CD reissue, the three team up for barnstorming trio arrangements of "Bill Cheatham" and "John Hardy." Needless to say, the playing is amazing, but you don't have be a banjo player to enjoy the rapport these guys share or the music they make.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 018964012427
  • Catalog Number: 124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bill Cheatham - Béla Fleck (3:15)
  2. 2 Dust on the Needle/Paddy Kelly's Jig (4:05)
  3. 3 Fiddler's Dream (2:48)
  4. 4 Barbara's Waltz - Béla Fleck (2:58)
  5. 5 Sally - Béla Fleck (3:11)
  6. 6 Clinging Vine - Béla Fleck (3:06)
  7. 7 Black Mountain Rag (2:54)
  8. 8 John Hardy - Béla Fleck (2:32)
  9. 9 Mead Mountain Blues - Bill Keith (3:17)
  10. 10 Vanished (3:05)
  11. 11 Silverbell - Béla Fleck (2:57)
  12. 12 Christina's Jig/Plain Brown Jig - Béla Fleck (3:51)
  13. 13 Jolly Waffle Man - Bill Keith (3:26)
  14. 14 Old Sandy River Belle (2:40)
  15. 15 Panhandle Country - Bill Keith (1:55)
  16. 16 Salt Creek - Béla Fleck (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Trischka Primary Artist, Banjo
Russ Barenberg Guitar
Sam Bush Fiddle
Bill Keith Banjo
Darol Anger Fiddle
Matt Glaser Fiddle
Andy Statman Mandolin
Larry Campbell Fiddle
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Béla Fleck Banjo, Guitar
Jimmy Gaudreau Mandolin
Glenn Lawson Rhythm Guitar
Roger Mason Bass
Mark Schatz Bass
Lincoln Schleifer Bass
Alan Senauke Guitar
Gordon Titcomb Mandolin
Jay Ungar Fiddle, Mandolin
Dede Wyland Vocals
Technical Credits
Tony Trischka Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Bill Keith Arranger
Béla Fleck Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Toby Mountain Mastering
Jay Rifkin Engineer
David Stone Engineer
Cecil Jones Engineer
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