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Edgar Meyer

Edgar Meyer Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000EU1PMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

There is no doubt about Edgar Meyer's musicianship, creativity or talent. This CD features 14 new works, all by Meyer and all played by him (through the magic of multi-track recording and overdubbing). In addition to his usual double-bass, Meyer plays piano, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and gamba (sometimes bowed, sometimes plucked, at points overdubbed nine times), all in various combinations. Each piece, it seems, is in a different style or genre. The first, a duet for piano and bass, is a long pop ballad without words. Another is (almost) pure bluegrass. There are some artsy pieces that experiment with sounds a la new-age music. The result is never boring but, at the same time, it gives the CD a feel of being neither fish nor fowl. As a means of showing off Meyer's considerable abilities it is splendid, but after the listener finishes oohing-and-aahing over the cleverness, it all seems like hors d'oeuvres with no main course. Different people will absolutely love different parts of this CD; as a unified listening experience, it's somewhat of a puzzle. --Robert Levine

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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Too Familiar Virtuosity May 2, 2006
By M. Moss
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong. I worship Edgar Meyer as a musical deity. But much of this CD will sound familiar to long-time fans. Instead of Sam Bush playing's Edgar. Instead of Russ Barenburg playing's Edgar. Bela Fleck on banjo.....nope, Edgar.

The bass playing is great, but predictable. You've heard it before. Edgar's piano is dominant on this album. It's better-than-fine; occasionally suprising and interesting.

But there are long dry spells between the really interesting, set-up-and-take-notice moments on this CD. Yes, it's virtuostic bass playing. And yes, isn't wonderful that he can play all those instruments competently. So, all in all, it's a somewhat self-indulgent album with mixed results. Fans of Edgar's should definitely have this disc in their collections, but I'd suggest hitting rewind on the really good parts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 11, 2009
By Mike D
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The first time I listened to this album, it moved me to tears. It's very introspective at times. The thing that is most striking to me is the interplay between the sparse simple tracks, and the more chaotic ones. It mirrors life. There are moments when you are ravaged by storms, both inner and outer - that is there on the album. Then there are moments when you are touched, like when you notice a beautiful flower or a baby - that is there too. I think that the world largely isn't ready for Edgar Meyer, which has happened many times with radical inventive composers. But I think that we'll be performing these songs (those who can manage!) for decades or centuries to come. As for the complaint that he's "showing off" I would say that by labeling it as that type of thing, one misses the beauty. That would be like saying that a brilliantly colored animal was mother-nature "showing off" and refusing to enjoy it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!!! March 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
That really seems to be all that Edgar Meyer is saying with this new album. Because he plays all the instruments on the album, the record is less of a record and more of Edgar Meyer having a field day in a recording studio. The result is a bunch of superficial sounding, incredibly doctored music. Meyer's collaborations with the masters of other instruments are much better recordings than this show-off solo project.

Don't get me wrong, Meyer is a fantastic bass player. Probably the best and most creative player alive today by most standards. His piano playing on the album is alright, though it leaves a small amount of musicality to be desired. However the playing on the other instruments is really quite basic and in some places, rather clumsy. All the other instruments really provide more of a color change from bass and piano. This isn't a huge problem, it just leaves more to be desired when Meyer has recorded similar types of music with such greats like Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall and others.

The other problem with this album is that it sounds incredibly over-produced. Some sections of certain pieces seem to have been not overdubbed, but two independent tracks that have very little in common musically that have been spliced together. The most notable sections where this occurs are secitons of "Roundabout" and "Don't Feed the Bear." The result is music that sounds very doctored. Some sections of the album don't even sound like they could be realistically performed by any ensemble. Everything really sounds like an over-produced studio gimmick.

Whether it's the production or the music, I'm not really moved by the music on this album like I am by a lot of Meyer's other compositions on other recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into Edgar May 11, 2010
Format:Audio CD
First, the music is wonderful. The thing that some people struggle with is that Edgar chose to record all instruments. I didn't know quite what to think myself until I heard an interview with Edgar. His purpose in making this self-titled album was to give listeners an intimate listen into his mind. He recalled gaining insights into Stevie Wonder and others through their own completely solo projects. I appreciate that. The neat thing is that Edgar pulls it off very well. The only instrument that didn't immediately sound natural was dobro. Jerry Douglas, he ain't. But who is?

Great truly solo album.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critics! Argh!!!!! February 17, 2009
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Editorialists and critics-WHO NEEDS 'EM!
1. The jibe that this work is self-indulgent is just plain foolish. Wow-art as self-indulgent; who'd a thunk it?
2. I've always felt that a non-player who has no "prodigous talent" has absolutely nothing to say when it comes to criticizing/analyzing someone who does have any talent, let alone a "prodigous" amount.
3. Our insights can be of little value to a true artist or a genius of any ilk. How presumptuous human beings are.
Why do you think Dylan doesn't want to hear the drivel my "2 cents" would probably be? We aren't in the same ballpark kids. This is art, not science.
I suggest open-mindedness, gratitude, and delight as the proper responses to any good art, especially music.
Boy, if Chopin wasn't so darn emotional............and that darn Johnny Bach, what a snoot he was tempering all those scales! Did he really have to do ALL the possible variations????????????? Patrician show-off, HE!
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