The Best Kept Secret

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
As if further proof were needed of Jerry Douglas’s mastery of dobro, lap steel, and guitar, witness the resonant performances and abiding intelligence marking his new solo effort, The Best Kept Secret. Backed by his redoubtable band, the Brickbats, Douglas shows that when an instrument is made to sing, when breathtaking technical mastery is mated with pure, unadulterated soul, something remarkable and memorable happens. On a spare, somewhat impressionistic rendering of Joe Zawinul’s “A Remark You Made,” Douglas’s yearning, piercing notes are things of beauty: rich in feeling, wistfully articulated, intelligently conceived in the way the pungent single notes melt into ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
As if further proof were needed of Jerry Douglas’s mastery of dobro, lap steel, and guitar, witness the resonant performances and abiding intelligence marking his new solo effort, The Best Kept Secret. Backed by his redoubtable band, the Brickbats, Douglas shows that when an instrument is made to sing, when breathtaking technical mastery is mated with pure, unadulterated soul, something remarkable and memorable happens. On a spare, somewhat impressionistic rendering of Joe Zawinul’s “A Remark You Made,” Douglas’s yearning, piercing notes are things of beauty: rich in feeling, wistfully articulated, intelligently conceived in the way the pungent single notes melt into robust chordal cries over a lovely sweep of fiddle-drum-guitar ensemble work. At the other extreme, he can flat bring the fire when necessary, as he does on the lap steel in kicking off the album with “She Makes Me Want to Sing,” an a driving, Allmans-flavored dialogue with slide guitarist Derek Trucks that also features a spirited solo workout from Brickbats violinist Gabe Witcher, more than holding his own against these hotshots. When human voices are needed, two of the most formidable show up: Alison Krauss, who may surprise some with the sauciness of her slinky rendering of L.T.D.’s 1977 disco hit, “Back In Love Again”; and John Fogerty, who goes deep into the Mississippi Delta to find his howling rendition of Bob Wills’s “Swing Blues No. 1” and gains a propulsive second voice in Douglas’s angular, wailing Resophonic guitar solos. Fellow progressives Sam Bush and Bela Fleck get some barn-burning action going on “Who’s Your Uncle,” and jazz guitar visionary Bill Frisell joins the fray with a deft, skittering solo that dances around the soundscape on “Lil’ Roro” -- but it always come back to Douglas, a master raconteur fluent in string language. Listen up.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
"She Makes Me Want to Sing," the opening track on Jerry Douglass's Best Kept Secret is nothing short of a shock to the system. For starters, Douglass's trademark dobro sound isn't present until nearly a minute in. Second there are twin dirty slide guitars by Keith Sewell and Derek Trucks' (Allman Brothers Band) wailing atop of a fat, fat ugly, nasty bass. It's a hard nasty boogie jam that could be on a Canned Heat album. Whoa. Some sanity returns as Sam Bush and Bela Fleck trade fours with Douglas on "Whose Your Uncle, where progressive stomping bluegrass breakdown takes back the order of the day. But the surprises just continue to mount as Allison Krauss takes the vocal chair on the electric funk jam "Back In Love Again." But it goes off the rails when Douglas and band cover Joe Zawinul's (Weather Report) beautiful ballad "A Remark You made. With Jerry playing the saxophone line on his dobro. It's gorgeous and off-kilter, added to with great depth and sensitivity by Derek Jones' bassline. Other guests on this wild set include Bill Frisell on "Lil Roro" and John Fogerty playing and singing on "Swing Blues No. 1." But it's more than just guests, Douglass's tunes' are in stunning form here, particularly the title track and "U R My Flower." In sum, this will surely piss some people off, but should turn the heads of many others in his direction. Adventure and reckless abandon are the order of the day here and best Kept Secret doesn't disappoint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 684038984725
  • Catalog Number: 9847
  • Sales rank: 94,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Makes Me Want to Sing - Derek Trucks (5:53)
  2. 2 Who's Your Uncle? - Béla Fleck (3:28)
  3. 3 Back in Love Again - Alison Krauss (3:56)
  4. 4 A Remark You Made (4:38)
  5. 5 The Best Kept Secret (9:30)
  6. 6 Lil' Roro - Bill Frisell (5:20)
  7. 7 Swing Blues No. 1 - John Fogerty (3:34)
  8. 8 Snow's First Fall (4:35)
  9. 9 Ya Ya etc. (4:52)
  10. 10 U R My Flower (1:13)
  11. 11 Sir Aly B (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
John Fogerty Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Coffin Saxophone
Bill Frisell Guitar
Béla Fleck Banjo
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Derek Jones Acoustic Bass
Viktor Krauss Bass, Bass Guitar
Derek Trucks Slide Guitar
Gabe Witcher Violin, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Keith Sewell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Deaderick Wurlitzer
Jim White Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Douglas Composer, Producer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Len Ron Hanks Composer
Derek Jones Composer
Avi Kipper Engineer
Bob Wills Composer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Zane Grey Composer
Gabe Witcher Composer
Michelle Lukianovich Art Direction
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