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  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000065CHD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jerry Douglas, who's most often heard adding lustrous Dobro lines to Alison Krauss's Union Station and umpteen country and pop records, uses his periodic solo albums to stretch the stylistic boundaries of steel strings and a slide bar. Lookout for Hope begins on a sweetly familiar note with a multitracked Dobro arrangement of Duane Allman's ever-popular "Little Martha," then ventures toward bluegrass, bebop, and points between and beyond. On many tracks, drums and even a dash of saxophone enhance the core acoustic string sounds, and low-key vocal cameos from Maura O'Connell ("Footsteps Fall") and James Taylor ("The Suit") offer a nice changeup from the high-powered instrumental action. Most intriguing is the title track (written by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell), in which the interlocking mandolin chops of Sam Bush and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile create a hypnotic groove that Douglas, guitarist Bryan Sutton, and Phish's Trey Anastasio ride into a 10-minute space jam. --Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

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Anyway, a _very_ cool CD.
John S. Ryan
The guitars are like chimes, the bass tight and warm.
GBS
If you're a bluegrass fan, you probably have this.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By GBS on October 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A point of reference: I play dobro.
Or...at least I THOUGHT I could.
This album features a style and expertise I'd have to best classify as "impossible". Jerry Douglas uses his abilities in genres beyond the traditional bluegrass places - he explores blues, jazz, free-form, ballads...and it ALL works.
Is it incoherent as another reviewer said? Perhaps. But expecting a straight "coherent artistic statement" from an outside-the-box virtuoso like Jerry Douglas is to handcuff him.
This album shows that the expressive instrument that is the dobro isn't relegated only to the hills and mountains, but can take its place with a wide-range of genres. Let me tell you something - as a dobro player, I learned more about the instrument in this disc than I have in 20 prior years.
This is not just brilliant work, but marvelously entertaining and thrilling to the ears. The song selection is delightful, and the inclusion of the guest vocalists (particularly James Taylor on the mournful "The Suit") is an added treat. What's really going to make your ears perk up are the incredible sonics. Rarely have acoustic instruments been recorded this well. The guitars are like chimes, the bass tight and warm. Whatever playback system you use will sound all the better for it.
Sample it, seek it out, but this is guitar playing like few can - or ever have - done.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Sanborn on November 18, 2004
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Perhaps Jerry Douglas is best reviewed by someone who plays the Dobro rather than relying on the opinion of those who relegate the instrument to providing backup for a singer. This offering showcases Jerry's prodigious abilities on everything from traditional to jazz with a little Eastern flavor to season the mix. With the James Taylor rendered closing song, "The Suit", being one of my favorite. This is probably not a CD for everyone, most certainly not for someone who doesn't appreciate the sound of the lap-style resonator guitar. Those of us who have a genuine interest in this genre will be more than satisfied.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on August 27, 2002
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You probably already know who Jerry "Flux" Douglas is if you're looking at this page. If so, all you need to know is that this is a very cool CD.
Not only is Douglas himself in fine form, but there are a few special treats throughout. For example: Sam Bush is here, and on one song he and Chris Thile operate a pair of mandolins while Trey Anastasio accompanies on guitar. (Hey, how come almost nobody asks Sam to play the fiddle anymore?) Then, too, Maura O'Connell and James Taylor each provide a vocal track. And the opening track is a "dobrized" version of an old Duane Allman tune. (Douglas wrote the majority of the rest -- six of the eleven tracks.)
Beyond that, there's not much that reviewers need to say. It's _Jerry Douglas_, man.
If you haven't heard of Douglas before -- well, you only _think_ you haven't; it's almost impossible that you should have lived through the last twenty-odd years without ever having heard him play. The guy is everywhere. He's a virtuoso on the resophonic guitar and he's singlehandedly (well, twohandedly) extended its musical horizons by too many miles to count. He's played with everybody from Dan Fogelberg to Alison Krauss. If you've heard a Dobro guitar within the last couple of decades, the odds are better than 50-50 that it was him.
Anyway, a _very_ cool CD. Don't hesitate to add it to your collection.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on May 7, 2002
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Dobro Douglas dazzles us again with his new release, "Lookout For Hope," an evocative new acoustic offering that blends influences of bluegrass, jazz, classical and Celtic music. Full of excitement and energy, the music on this album is a real kick in the pants. The opening cut, an arrangement of Duane Allman's "Little Martha" features just dobro and bass (played by Barry Bales). "Patrick Meet the Brickbats" hits the bluegrass bull's eye dead on, with Douglas ably assisted by Bryan Sutton (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Sam Bush (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), and Larry Atamanuik (drums). If one is going to have drums on their acoustic project, Atamanuik is the one who can tastefully play them. A real treat are the vocals of Maura O'Connell on "Footsteps Fall." Following a too-short interlude of "Monkey Let The Hogs Out," Douglas launches into the 10-minute jazzy title cut with Sutton, Bush, Chris Thile on mandolin, Byron House on bass, and Trey Anastasio on guitar. This aqueous composition will give you hint as to how Jerry Douglas earned his nickname of "Flux." A little sax, electric guitar, and drums are flavorfully added to provide an artistic interpretation to the hard-driving Douglas original, "Cave Bop." These instruments really spice up this project and tickle the musical palate, if your tastebuds are open to such things. In keeping with the flow, "The Wild Rumpus" and "The Sinking Ship" provide up-tempo and moderate jazz offerings. Jerry takes a 2-minute freewheeling solo on "In The Sweet By and By," and the project closes with James Taylor singing "The Suit." If one were to view this Jerry Douglas CD as an entire package, it would be a prize one that fully delivers the goods. --Joe Ross, moderator/reviewer for Nwbluegrass
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By danny g. fulks on May 15, 2002
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Lookout For Hope, Jerry Douglas's latest record is a tour-de-force for him and his instrument. When you see the package with its exquisite art work, read the titles of the numbers, and read the liner notes you will know this record was made by professionals with creativity and love. You can go along as Douglas strums, plunks, grabs, and caresses the strings, slides the steel bar along the neck and flashes the Dobro's top against the lights. Some rides are smooth and sweet as in Little Martha, a summer tune; some are sad as in Sweet By and By and Sonia's Lament. If there was doubt whether you would decorate a loved one's grave soon, you will wind up looking for wild flowers, just be sure you don't get caught trespassing. Hold on tight for The Wild Rumpus, a raucous number that could get old folks in trouble by causing them to throw caution to the wind, go out and ride a big roller coaster with a grandchild. It could even bring back memories of Junior Johnson running moonshine in a souped up Ford through Knoxville or the movie, Smoky and the Bandit. James Taylor and Maura O'Connell keep a melancholy mood going in their vocals on The Suit and Footsteps Fall. Jeff Coffin's sax on Cave Bop accents Douglas's Dobro with authority, soft pounding, and funk, humming birds lurk around Viktor Krauss's bass rhythms. The sad horn Fitzgerald wrote about in Gatsby blows on Sinking Ship. Friends from Alison Krauss and Union Station show up with perfect timing: Barry Bales, Ron Block, and Larry Atamanuik, a great drummer and even better person, whose name, if spelled right, gets you in shows for half-price. Jerry Douglas has done much and he has gone far away from the rust belt that is Warren, Ohio.Read more ›
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