Lookout for Hope

Lookout for Hope

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by Jerry Douglas
     
 
Besides being the world’s most accomplished Dobro player, Jerry Douglas has huge ears. That is, his listening is far from confined to the bluegrass and country music worlds that he spends so much of his time playing in. As proven by the myriad influences that show up on Lookout for Hope, Douglas is obviously attuned to rock, folk, jazz, and a host of other

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Besides being the world’s most accomplished Dobro player, Jerry Douglas has huge ears. That is, his listening is far from confined to the bluegrass and country music worlds that he spends so much of his time playing in. As proven by the myriad influences that show up on Lookout for Hope, Douglas is obviously attuned to rock, folk, jazz, and a host of other popular musics. Take for instance, the title tune, which Douglas borrowed from the repertoire of the experimental jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Or the album’s opening track, “Little Martha,” a gorgeous instrumental composed by rock-guitar icon Duane Allman. Or the closing track, “The Suit,” a plaintive folk ballad that features James Taylor on vocals. Other examples of Douglas’s eclecticism hide in plain sight, like “Cave Bop” with its jazzy contributions by saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Douglas’s collaborators are from all over the map as well. In addition to Taylor, one can find vocals from Maura O’Connell, mandolin from Sam Bush and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile, and guitar from Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Yet Douglas’s own brilliant work is never overshadowed by his notable guests. Again and again, one is caught by the astounding displays of speed and melodic invention that have characterized this one-of-a kind player. It’s all we could expect from the man who put the Dobro on the contemporary music map.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Jerry Douglas sure can play the dobro. As the world's undisputed premier dobro player, Douglas has played with just about everybody. And, as would befit somebody with that kind of distinction, his playing is utterly virtuosic. The only question left, then, is what he wants to do with it. On Lookout for Hope, Douglas' fifth release for Sugar Hill, Douglas delivers up his usual newgrass, accompanied by some of the usual newgrass heavyweights, including Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, and Jeff Coffin. Maura O'Connell, James Taylor, and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio turn in appearances as well. Douglas tries to do a lot. "Patrick Meets the Brickbats" and "Cave Bop," for example, show off his lightning-fast playing. They are dazzling displays, but ultimately none too satisfying. Douglas does far better in milking the slow, bittersweet tones of the instrument, such as he does on a cover of Duane Allman's "Little Martha." The ten-minute title track (and album centerpiece), penned by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, is most intriguing, combining Middle Eastern-sounding scales (such as on David Grisman's "Arabia" opus) with resonant and percussive acoustic sounds. As the master of the instrument, Douglas can do pretty much whatever he wants. Lookout for Hope does not find him resting on his laurels. Instead, he explores a variety of settings and moods, all bound together with the distinctive sound of his instrument.
Downbeat
For skeptics and jazz snobs who think an album by somebody from Nashville playing a dobro is worth checking out, throw on “Patrick Meets The Brickbats.”

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891393827
catalogNumber:
3938
Rank:
96853

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Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Primary Artist,Dobro,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Kona Guitar
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Trey Anastasio   Guitar
Larry Atamanuik   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Barry Bales   Bass
Ron Block   Guitar
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Byron House   Bass
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Maura O'Connell   Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Arranger,Producer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Jon Lupfer   Engineer
Chas Eller   Engineer
Craig Havighurst   Liner Notes
Shawne Brown   Assistant Photographer,Photo Assistance
Tracy Martinson   Engineer

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Lookout for Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Dobro, but you can't hear it in contemporary bluegrass unless "you know who" is playing it. How about some variety? Does this guy hold a monopoly on the industry or what? He must be stopped!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dobro Douglas dazzles us again with his new release, "Lookout For Hope," an evocative new acoustic offering that blends influences of bluegrass, jazz, classical and Celtic music. Full of excitement and energy, the music on this album is a real kick in the pants. The opening cut, an arrangement of Duane Allman's "Little Martha" features just dobro and bass (played by Barry Bales). "Patrick Meet the Brickbats" hits the bluegrass bull's eye dead on, with Douglas ably assisted by Bryan Sutton (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Sam Bush (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), and Larry Atamanuik (drums). If one is going to have drums on their acoustic project, Atamanuik is the one who can tastefully play them. A real treat are the vocals of Maura O'Connell on "Footsteps Fall." Following a too-short interlude of "Monkey Let The Hogs Out," Douglas launches into the 10-minute jazzy title cut with Sutton, Bush, Chris Thile on mandolin, Byron House on bass, and Trey Anastasio on guitar. This aqueous composition will give you hint as to how Jerry Douglas earned his nickname of "Flux." A little sax, electric guitar, and drums are flavorfully added to provide an artistic interpretation to the hard-driving Douglas original, "Cave Bop." These instruments really spice up this project and tickle the musical palate, if your tastebuds are open to such things. In keeping with the flow, "The Wild Rumpus" and "The Sinking Ship" provide up-tempo and moderate jazz offerings. Jerry takes a 2-minute freewheeling solo on "In The Sweet By and By," and the project closes with James Taylor singing "The Suit." If one were to view this Jerry Douglas CD as an entire package, it would be a prize one that fully delivers the goods. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)