Stolen Moments

Stolen Moments

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by Alison Brown
     
 

Gifted, genre-hopping, and endlessly creative, Alison Brown has been endlessly compared to her male equivalent, Béla Fleck. While she shares the same broad view of bluegrass as well as the bottomless pit of talent, her warm, plucky, and distinctly melodic style of banjo playing is far more reminiscent of See more details below

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Gifted, genre-hopping, and endlessly creative, Alison Brown has been endlessly compared to her male equivalent, Béla Fleck. While she shares the same broad view of bluegrass as well as the bottomless pit of talent, her warm, plucky, and distinctly melodic style of banjo playing is far more reminiscent of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band legend John McEuen. On Stolen Moments, the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist dishes up 11 slices of Celtic, jazz, and newgrass that effortlessly blend the rural with the contemporary. Brown may rely on numerous guests this time around (including Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan), but it's longtime collaborator John Burr's piano that she sounds most comfortable around -- the two converse with such fluidity on some of the jazzier numbers that they may as well have combined both instruments into one. Highlights include the Celtic-tinged "Magnificent Seven" and "Carrowkeel" (the latter features some fine low whistle playing from Seamus Egan), a refreshingly earnest cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" (sung by Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers), and a smoky rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" (sung by labelmate Beth Nielsen Chapman). However, the most alluring piece appears at the end of Stolen Moments; the self-penned mandolin, conga, and banjo-driven "Musette for a Palindrome" is so unlike anything else on the record that one can only hope that it's merely a teaser for the next. More like this please.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397440026
catalogNumber:
974400
Rank:
51125

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Brown   Primary Artist,Banjo
Seamus Egan   Low Whistle
Sam Bush   Mandolin
John Burr   Piano
John Doyle   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Kenny Malone   Drums
Mike Marshall   Guitar,Mandolin
Amy Ray   Vocals
Emily Saliers   Vocals
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Garry West   Bass
Chapman   Vocals
Max E. Pad   Piano

Technical Credits

Alison Brown   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Keith   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Jim Rooney   Composer
Boo Hewerdine   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Randy LeRoy   Mastering
Gary West   Audio Production
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer

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