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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.”

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.”
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891393827
  • Catalog Number: 3938
  • Sales rank: 76,924

Album Credits

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
Randy LeRoy Mastering
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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