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Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular

Tony TrischkaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,520 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
Format:Audio CD
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
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 57:14 -- Are you a bluegrass fan who just can't get enough banjo? Then this is just the snappy and innovative album for you. Pyrotechnic five-string duets performed with excellent accompaniment are on the menu of Tony Trischka's "Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular." Originally from New York, Tony began picking the banjo in 1963 at age 14. One of his students, Bela Fleck, is also prominently featured on this project as both a player and tunewriter. The other nimble-fingered banjo-players in the duets include Earl Scruggs, Steve Martin, Alison Brown, Tom Adams, Scott Vestal, Noam Pikelny, Kenny Ingram and Bill Emerson. Quick-paced romps give way to bright and breezy grooves with all of the standard bluegrass instruments getting a piece of the action. The guitar breaks from David Grier, Kenny Smith and Tony Rice are especially noteworthy, although I found it interesting that Grier's were isolated rather far right in the stereo mix. A few vocal bluegrass numbers provide some changes in the disc's overall musical mood. Dudley Connell sings lead on "Fox on the Run" and "Live and Let Live." Lou Reid or Sally Love provide some backing vocals. Michael Daves sings on "Run Mountain."

At almost nine minutes in length, Twilight Kingdom begins with melodious interplay between Trischka and Fleck before being infused with added hustle four minutes into the piece that is one of six songs that Trischka wrote or co-wrote on the project. They also collaborate on the project's leanest arrangement, "Armando's Children," written by Bela. From the repertoire of Jim Eanes and The Shenandoah Boys, the album closes with Steve Martin and Tony Trischka in the drivers' seats for "Plunkin' Rag" (aka "Ridin' the Waves") in which the two pickers provide harmony with their Scruggs tuners. Don't try that at home without the ability to overdub! This is a top notch, expressive production that shows how much adoration the banjo is deserving of. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love banjo music and this is outstanding banjo music! Trischka is great.
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Just what I expected!
Published 1 month ago by Gail Kirchman
5.0 out of 5 stars Double pleasure
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Published 18 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Banjos; Bluegrass/Newgrass Sampler
I could not possibly add depth to the the excellent reviews already listed here. So I will write for the novice listener. Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Kim A Miller
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