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Shifting Sands of Time

Wayfaring StrangersAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Man of Constant Sorrow 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. High on a Mountain 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesone Too 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005N8VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

These days, everyone wants to be eclectic and the mastermind of some hyphenated style, but very few fusioneers are as fearless as this new all-star acoustic ensemble led by violinist Matt Glaser and featuring Andy Statman (clarinet, mandolin), John McGann (guitar, mandolin), Tony Trischka (banjo), Bruce Barth (piano), Jim Whitney (bass), and Jennifer Kimball (vocals). The recording also includes cameos from Lucy Kaplansky, Tim O'Brien, and others. Hang onto your Stetson as "Man of Constant Sorrow," kicked off by Trischka's banjo and the craggy voice of Ralph Stanley himself, wanders into interludes of rolling jazz piano. Elsewhere, klezmer clarinet melodies rise out of the Appalachian mist, Emily Dickinson poetry soars to late-night jazz, and bluegrass classics are boldly yet gently reharmonized--a series of transformations and explorations with strong spiritual overtones. The Strangers are definitely on a quest, and listeners who suspend their expectations will be rewarded with music that's beautifully played and uniquely transporting. --Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, provacative, soothing, mesmerizing. . . December 14, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Probably 2001's single most enchanting album -- forget the post-modern baloney of Radiohead's recent techno-drone crap and the new Lucinda Williams disk (which is merely aimless self-indulgence masquerading as spirituality). The Wayfaring Strangers draw from a vast well of American (jazz, bluegrass, old-tyme, folk) and international (klezmer and middle-eastern sounds, mostly) influences to turn standards of the bluegrass repertoire (and some newly-written tunes) BACK into the souful meditations that at heart they are. With such virtuosi as Andy Statman (transcendant! Why doesn't he play like this on HIS albums??), Tony Trischka (who shows the more meditative side of his playing), and leader Matt Glaser, the Wayfaring Strangers have the necessary tools to pull off this audacious experiment in American music. And while yes, many of the songs are slow, they are not dull -- the empathy and interaction are fascinating, more so than most so-called Jazz albums of the day. Stop reading this and buy it already. . .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! September 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This mind blowing fusion of various american music styles is emotionally deep, and just the perfect solace for these difficult times. At first the music might be a little disconcerting if you insist that musical styles remain separated but, give it time, it'll get to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaking out the Roots August 5, 2003
By Ted E
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Four measures of jazz comping behind Mountain Music Giant, Ralph Stanley is enough to entice you to hear out the rest of the project. Like nothing you'll hear anywhere else, the merging of folk, bluegrass, fusion, Klez, and straight-ahead jazz by this acoustic ensemble retains the identity of each ingredient, without beating the cake batter into tasteless pulp.
Flavorful. Captivating.
Come on folks, we want more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cover ever???? August 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I probably shouldn't write a review until I get the CD, which I'm ordering now. I heard "High On A Mountain" on our local community radio station this morning (KRCL, SLC, Utah) and it knocked my socks off... this may very well be the best cover of any song by any band! Not only was the delivery on the vocals excellent, but the fiddle really pulled it together.

Then I saw the lineup... Matt Glaser, Andy Statman, Tony Trishka... it all made sense. I'm a fan of Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk, etc, so the other reviews discussing the mix of styles just intrigued me more. I can't wait to hear the rest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure as a mountain stream... March 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Imagine Diana Krall married Bella Fleck, (instead of Elvis), and moved to the mountains of East Tennessee. This collection of, dare I use the cliche "eclectic", bluegrass is what jazz should've been if if hadn't been polluted by the St Louis and Chicago "free-run but no melody" city-fication of the people's music. Not only do you get virtuoso performances on strings, you also get Lucy Kaplansky, Rhonda Vincent, Ry Cavanaugh, and more. This album is like the south... you either get it or you don't. And if you don't... please refrain from embarrassing yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph Stanley and Laszlo Gardony. Great combination! November 13, 2004
By Carmel
Format:Audio CD
The "Man of Constant Sorrow" sung by the great Ralph Stanley and featuring an amazing piano solo by Laszlo Gardony is without question the best track on this beautiful CD.

The music is truly inspiring on "Shifting Sands of Time". Hats off to the leader and innovative mind of the band, Matt Glaser! Bravo Wayfaring Strangers!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I orded this item because jennifer Kimball was singing upon it. It is a mixture of blues, folk, christian compentary and some country. A strange mixture, which is the same for the singers and players which have different back grounds. The result is a very nice album, but no Jennifer Kimball album, that is for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I've never been a bluegrass fan and listen to jazz but this CD is so unbelievable in all is genres. What great musicians. So musical, lyrical yet edgy. Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Susan Alpert
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Overall
Here's a quick rule of thumb: If you see Andy Statman's name on a recording, buy it. Statman's clarinet and mandolin playing bring an exotic air to this recording, which is a mix... Read more
Published on August 10, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph Stanley UNLEASHED
I'll throw 5 stars in the pot merely because this is so far out there, that I can't possibly lose this hand---This is one of the most bizarre things this reviewer has ever... Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by MrQ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as it gets
True to their name, the Wayfaring Strangers are an only partially fixed group of musicians, with some wandering in and out. Even after reading a Sing Out! Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange soup...but it tastes good!
I first discovered the Wayfaring Strangers on a disc from Jazziz magazine. The first few measures of "High On A Mountain" I was enthralled with the vocal of Lucy Kaplansky. Read more
Published on October 21, 2002 by Bill,
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many "cooks" in this musical kitchen
Folk and bluegrass music and musicians have been blending their abilities, songs and styles since Bill Monroe blended several diverse musical heritages to create Bluegrass in the... Read more
Published on December 16, 2001 by Mark J. Fowler
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