Double Time

Double Time

by Béla Fleck


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Double Time

Double Time may be among Bela Fleck's least ambitious solo projects, although it proves an easily digestible introduction to his wildly eclectic banjo forays. After all, Fleck is a true pioneer of the five-string, an artist who has not only pushed the stylistic bounds of the instrument itself, but also established it as a stage centerpiece with his effortless rolls, subtle use of harmonics, and single-string runs. Suffice it to say, this 13-track compilation of acoustic duets features all of the above -- and in abundance. Fleck is the lone constant; the rotating cast he enlists is the variable that leads him into untrodden turf on each successive track. Perhaps the album's greatest strength is the ever-morphing musical landscape in which Fleck so easily adapts. The billing includes Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Pat Flynn, Tony Rice, and Jerry Douglas, among others. So, would this make Double Time a straight bluegrass album? Well, not exactly. Despite his relative newcomer status at the time of the recording, Fleck was already well-entrenched in jazzgrass explorations. As a result, Double Time nearly evades categorization. Two of the selections are particularly unconventional: "Lowdown," a plodding, walk of a tune -- featuring the unique bowed bass work of Edgar Meyer -- which builds to a frenzied crescendo, and "Light Speed," a spacy, improvisational jam recorded at half speed with Mike Marshall on octave mandolin. Otherwise, the program features a dozen or so warm, homegrown finger exercises that dot the music map everywhere between bluegrass and jazz fusion. If you happen to prefer a less adulterated Fleck, you won't be disappointed. If you're interested in discovering new pickers, Double Time is a ten-point intersection.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/1997
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661018129
catalogNumber: 610181
Rank: 186637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck   Primary Artist,Banjo,Mandolin
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Tony Rice   Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle
Sam Bush   Mandolin
John Hartford   Banjo
Darol Anger   Cello
Edgar Meyer   Bass
Pat Flynn   Guitar
David Grisman   Mandolin
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Mark Schatz   Banjo

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Producer
Tony Rice   Producer
Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Sam Bush   Producer
John Hartford   Producer
Darol Anger   Producer
Edgar Meyer   Producer
Howard Johnson   Engineer
Béla Fleck   Producer,Liner Notes
Pat Flynn   Producer
David Grisman   Producer
Mike Marshall   Producer,Engineer
Mark O'Connor   Producer
Mark Schatz   Producer
Kurt Storey   Engineer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Susan Marsh   Artwork,Illustrations,Cover Design

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