Tony Furtado Band

Tony Furtado Band

by Tony Furtado


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Tony Furtado Band

Mixing elements of Ry Cooder's American R&B pickin', Bela Fleck's bluegrass-jazz fusion, and Kelly Joe Phelps' dusty folk-Delta blues (Phelps also contributes high-profile vocals to three tracks), accomplished banjo player and guitarist Tony Furtado pushes all sorts of stylistic envelopes on this indie release. From the moody Americana of a rearranged "Raleigh and Spencer" to an album-closing version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home," Furtado's vision stays focused as he peels off intricate and often lightning-fast riffs, yet never lets his obvious technical excellence overwhelm a song's melodic structure. Also impressive is the crystal-clear sound of this album, featuring an airy, uncluttered mix where all the unplugged instruments (including Darrel Anger's fiddle, tablas, Uilleann pipes, accordion, and sax) sound like they're in your room playing simultaneously. Furtado shifts from jazzy interludes to Celtic, bluegrass, and C&W styles with effortless poise, never needlessly grandstanding but keeping the spotlight on his immaculate picking and phenomenal backing musicians. As accomplished on guitar as on banjo (his primary instrument), the picker adds only what is needed to the songs, keeping them sparse yet filled with interesting twists and angles. The upbeat Leo Kottke-styled instrumental "Fat Fry on the Hog Farm" and the beautifully languid ballad "O Amante" are two of the album's six original compositions that show Furtado is as accomplished a songwriter as musician and arranger. Unpretentious and classy as its low-key cover art, this is a consistently winning album that shows off Tony Furtado's eclectic talents as master string picker, bandleader, vocalist, and composer.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2003
Label: What Are Records
UPC: 0746626006223
catalogNumber: 60062
Rank: 256820

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Furtado   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Strings,Vocals,Tamboura,Slide Guitar,Slide Banjo
Darol Anger   Violin
Buckethead   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ty Burhoe   Tabla,Frame Drum
Kai Eckhardt-Karpeh   Bass
Steve Freeman   Bass
Derek Jones   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Alan Kelly   Fiddle,Accordion
Paul McCandless   Soprano Saxophone
Billy Rich   Bass
Christian Teele   Drums
Steve Owen   Background Vocals
Scott Amendola   Percussion,Drums,Bass Drums,Shaker
Brian "Brain" Mantia   Drums
Kelly Joe Phelps   Vocals
Rob Burger   Accordion
Aaron Johnston   Drums
Marc Dalio   Tambourine,Xylophone
Peter Kelan   uillean pipes
Todd Sickafoose   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Terese Taylor   Background Vocals
Kai Eckhardt   Bass
Aaron Johnson   Drums
Peter Helan   uillean pipes
Ross Martin   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Tony Furtado   Arranger,Producer,Artwork
Cookie Marenco   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sally Truitt   CD Layout
Marc Dalio   Contributor
Steve Cambouris   Graphic Design

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