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Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular

Tony TrischkaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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"It's kind of hard to pin down, because there's so much on it," Tony Trischka says of his new Rounder album Great Big World. "It's all over the place, which is kind of where I live."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000KG4BOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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How much banjo can one fan stand? This release should delight those five-string aficionados for whom too much plunk is never enough. Veteran virtuoso Tony Trischka enlists the services of fellow banjoists ranging from seminal inspirations (Earl Scruggs) to pupils and acolytes (Béla Fleck, Alison Brown) to wild cards (comedian Steve Martin) for a series of duets supported by stellar bluegrass musicians such as Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and members of Union Station. Most of the tracks are instrumentals, though Dudley Connelly provides vocals on traditional bluegrass standards such as "Fox on the Run" and "Live and Let Live," with Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile and frequent duo partner Michael Davis teaming for harmonies on "Run Mountain." The musical interplay throughout is predictably superb, but the three cuts pairing Trischka with Fleck suggest that another extended teaming of mentor and prized student would truly be something special. --Don McLeese

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...A Banjo Picker's Delight January 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have enjoyed the music of Tony Trischka for more than twenty-five years and managed to see him perform twice with Skyline in the mid-Eighties. This latest release features an all-star cast (Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile) along with like-minded banjo players who share the spotlight on each track. Whether the banjo players are traditionalists (Earl Scruggs, Bill Emerson) or more contemporary stylists (Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Scott Vestal), this release is a banjo picker's delight.

Here's a rundown of the guest banjo players on each track:

1. "Farewell Blues" - Features legendary performer Earl Scruggs (who just turned 83 this month!).
2. "Bon Aqua Blues" - A Trischka original featuring Rhonda Vincent's banjo player Kenny Ingram.
3. "Fox on the Run" - One of only three vocals, featuring Tom Adams, who spent several years with the Johnson Mountain Boys.
4. "Twilight Kingdom" - Another original, featuring Bela Fleck, who also co-produced the album with Trischka. At 8:34, it is by far the longest track on the album. Unlike most of the tracks, which fall into a definite bluegrass vein, this displays their newgrass style.
5. "Run Mountain" - Features young banjo phenom Noam Pikelny, a former student of both Fleck and Mark Vann (who Pikelny replaced in the bluegrass/jam band Leftover Salmon after Vann's untimely death). This is the second vocal number.
6. "Escher's Waltz" - Another Trischka original, featuring Alison Brown, who came to prominance with Alison Kraus and Union Station in the late-Eighties.
7. "Doggy Salt" - Another Trischka original featuring Scott Vestal, who has worked with Larry Sparks and Doyle Lawson before enjoying a successful solo career.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banjo Heaven April 13, 2007
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Tony Trischka has always taken the road less traveled (at least as far as the 5-string banjo is concerned) throughout his career, leaving an indelible mark as an innovator and composer while confounding (and often infuriating) the traditional bluegrass world. While I've always admired Tony's incredible musical reach, I most enjoy his inventions when employed within the "traditional" bluegrass instrumentation. "Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular" works wonderfully on that score, with Tony teaming up with many of the genre's most influential banjoists (from Scruggs to Fleck) and the cream of the bluegrass aristocracy (Douglas, Thiele, Rice, Bush) to create yet another fabulous soundscape of the first order.

At this point, one would expect the mentor/mentee combination of Tony and Bela Fleck to produce memorable picking, and they don't fail here - I particularly love "Twilight Kingdom," with its lovely harmonics and tempo changes. But just about every banjo combo clicks on this CD - it's great to hear the 83-year old Earl Scruggs still be able to tear up "Farewell Blues;" to me, one of the biggest surprises (even more so than Steve Martin's fine contributions) is the playful duet between Tony and big Kenny Ingram (currently Rhonda Vincent's and formerly the late Lester Flatt's banjoist) on "Bon Aqua Blues." The few vocal tracks are also fun - if you wonder why "Fox on the Run" would ever appear on a Tony Trischka CD, wait until you hear the verse with what are actually the original Manfred Mann chords. Plus, you'll also get to hear (briefly) Michael Daves on "Run Mountain" - Daves is currently touring with Tony to support this CD, and his singing and guitar picking are of such otherworldly quality that it's only a matter of time before he becomes a bluegrass star in his own right.

If you love the 5-string banjo, this is as close to heaven as it gets. And if you have the opportunity, catch Tony with his "DBBS" band to experience the magic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectracular February 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the coolest!!!!!!!!!!!! Tony Trischka must be heard!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saw Tony play for the first time on The Ellen Show last week with Steve Martin. Loved the music, had to have the CD---can't play it enough!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of a richly deserved - and long overdue - Grammy December 31, 2007
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The 5-string resonator banjo, long the center of insert-unpopular-musician-of-choice-here jokes and stereotyped as the only instrument for toothless rednecks, has finally met its match in this album.

Tony Trischka is a banjo player's banjo player, and I've long thought him grossly underappreciated; he can lay down a rock-solid Scruggs rhythmic groove and/or marry it with Bill Keith-level melodic stylings. But that ain't all; he's got his own sense of structure and chromatics and Trischka's style is absolutely his own. He plays with wit and verve and real joy. He's an extraordinary student of the instrument; although most of his work is on a modern resonator banjo, played three-finger style, Trischka is also an accomplished clawhammer player and can also play moving pieces on African instruments that were the progenitors of the modern banjo.

This album doesn't include any of those older forms of music, but - well, heck - it is the Double Banjo BLUEGRASS Spectacular, after all. In creating this disc, Trischka has summoned a Who's Who of the best players working to join in a brilliant collection of tunes featuring two banjos.

What a joy to hear Trischka and Earl Scruggs together on a reprise of "Farewell Blues." At 80 some-odd years old, the man who created the sound of bluegrass banjo can still lay it down and Trischka is brilliant with him - accenting the work of the master and never upstaging him. There are extraordinary readings of songs with the likes of innovators like Noam Pikelny and Alison Brown. In fact, just about the only player you'd wish was on this album who isn't is Bill Keith, and one suspects that Trischka would have done almost anything to have him on this disc (Keith truly despises the entire process of recording).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh MY! Steve Martin on Banjo. Real Treat ...
Oh MY!
Steve Martin on Banjo. Real Treat.
Published 19 days ago by Laurel M. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love banjo music and this is outstanding banjo music! Trischka is great.
Published 2 months ago by R. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what I expected!
Published 2 months ago by Gail Kirchman
5.0 out of 5 stars Double pleasure
Great bluegrass and contemporary blue grass arrangements. Get it!!! I never knew the banjo was such a flexible instrument and capable of so many styles and cool sounds.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. A
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have
When you see the title of this album, you're probably thinking, "this could either be really good, or a really bad gimmick. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul Tyminski
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous album from Tony Trischka
Tony has again produced a very enjoyable, technically stunning recording with a number of the musical monsters of our day. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by Richard London
5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderful banjo music
Harmonious banjo songs are very unique sounding. It's a very fun experience in it's own right.

This CD is amazing, with featured artists from all points of the banjo... Read more
Published on June 24, 2009 by Jeffrey A. Hensley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bluegrass special
This is a great CD. If you like mostly Music instead of singing
Then this is CD for you. Even Steve Martin is exceptional.
Published on May 28, 2009 by J. T. Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars This CD was ok.
I thought this CD was a lot of the same. I expected a little bit more variety but it is still worth listening to.
Published on January 9, 2009 by Spencer Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BLUEGRASS AROUND
I've been listening to this CD almost constantly since I bought it before Christmas. It is so great, the musicianship is impeccable in my opinion, and it's just... well, fabulous. Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Annalisa L. Meyer
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