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Telluride Sessions

Strength In NumbersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000006EJJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This acoustic supergroup joined forces in the summer of 1988, and the result was a true landmark in "new acoustic" music. As if bluegrass (and even "newgrass") was too constricting, the quintet--Sam Bush (mandolin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Bela Fleck (banjo), Mark O'Connor (violin), and Edgar Meyer (bass)--incorporates classical-style themes and arrangements within the context of bluegrass instrumentation. Their unbelievable technique and musical ability was never in question; however, what makes the album special is the uncanny blend of precision and freedom, of improvisation and structure. Each of the 10 compositions were written by a different twosome (do the math permutations). Playful bluesy lopes ("Pink Flamingo") accompany tinges of reggae ("The Locks of Dread"), Celtic ("Macedonia"), and Middle Eastern ("Blue Men of the Sahara") music. There are urgent burners, somber mood pieces, and tender ballads, all delivered with grace. --Marc Greilsamer

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless September 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This summit of acoustic genius remains the standard of excellence for blue/newgrass music some 13 years after its original recording. What makes "Strength in Numbers" such a compelling effort is the willingness of the musicians - all masters of their respective domains - to tone down the individual string pyrotechnics and work together as an ensemble.
The result is vibrant, diverse, and exciting music - from the mysterious opening strains of "Future Man" to the apocalyptic denoument of "Blue Men of the Sahara", the listener remains fully engaged throughout. If I had to pick three as an example of the breadth of talent at work here, I'd probably point to the "middle" of the CD - 1) "One Winter's Night," a lovely chamber piece involving beautiful interplay between Egdar Meyer's bowed bass and Mark O'Connor' violin; 2)"Macedonia", a bluegrass cum Greek dance song featuring the twin mandolins of O'Connor and Sam Bush (plus terrific, understated banjo backup from Bela Fleck), and 3) "Lochs of Dread", a Scottish/reggae (that's not a misprint) bounce-along composed by Fleck and dobro wizzard Jerry Douglas.
The appeal of "Strength in Numbers" goes beyond the "bluegrass jam" label. Some are clamoring for more from these five; I fear that any sequel would be a let down - then again, I wouldn't bet against them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitave NEWgrass bluegrass! October 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As much praise as has been heaped upon this album, one can hardly add anything new, but I simply must put in my two cents.
This album is *very* important in the history of bluegrass for several reasons.
First, because of the assembly of an absolute superstar lineup: Bela Fleck (banjo), Mark O'Connor (fiddle); Sam Bush (mandolin), Edgar Meyer (bass), & Jerry Douglas (dobro). All of these people are considered to be at the top of their field, and some of them are numbered amongst the legends of all time.
Secondly, because of the originality of the material. Most of the members of this group have plenty of experience in other areas (i.e. Fleck with jazz & world music, Meyer is a classical composer, etc.) Many of these songs have classical structures and incorporate elements of jazz as well. The amazing thing is that despite all of these outside elements, its still bluegrass music. Of course, its not old style like Bill Monroe, but all musical forms change and evolve, and this is certainly well within and respectful of the bluegrass tradition.
To go on and on about the players prowess would be silly, because everyone knows these guys are la creme de la creme. You know its innovative bluegrass though when there are songs titles like "Macedonia" (with a nice dobro & mandolin solos and trade-offs), "Blue Men of the Sahara" (which sounds like a runaway train during the jam) and "Lochs of Dread" (with its reggae beat.) This isn't your grandaddy's bluegrass, but he'd probably enjoy it too.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain at Twice the Price June 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album has no singing, just great all-acoustic instrument playing. Mark O'Connor, who was a fiddle champion at 14 and a flatpicking guitar champion at 16 (beating fellow legend Steve Kaufman), plays a breathless guitar on "Slopes." I still think seeing Mark play guitar is the highlight of his live shows. I've followed Jerry since before the Whites, Bela since his bands Tasty Licks and Spectrum, and Edgar since just after his days playing out in front of the ice cream stand. Of course, Sam Bush started the original incarnation of New Grass Revival in 1972 and has been at the forefront of this music since day one. Yes, these players are pretty much the house band at Telluride each year, and this wonderful album is a nice taste of what they do so well. Each player wrote one song with each other player, all in twosomes. That's the album. I've talked to Mark and Bela and both have said there will never be second Strength in Numbers album--this is it. What a heartbreaking thought. They do play together, or nearly all together, on dozens of other albums, but this one has a spirit and a life of its own. Twelve years later, it's still groundbreaking, inventive, and fresh. Trust all these reviews, this is the granddaddy of the "new acoustic" albums by the best players walking this earth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in new acoustic music - period. September 25, 1998
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This is an all-star group that really sounds like a group. Too many get-togethers by famous names don't click - like homemade spaghetti sauce in the first hour. This one's sounds have melded big-time. The compositions, the musicianship - the whole magilla is fabulous top to bottom. I spoke to Sam Bush (mandolin) about the album backstage once and he said - "Aw, I was just the percussion player on that album." That telling remark is true because he does it all: Sam's incredible right hand rolls on the mandolin astonish with how they parse a measure, his back-beat comping takes the 2-4 role a reggae drum and guitar combo do (Lochs of Dread), etc. And this is just one guy! What kind of steroids makes Mark O'Connor play solos like the one on Blue Men of the Sahara??? Just stop reading this and buy the album, OK?
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5.0 out of 5 stars STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
this bids fair to be my all time favourite
Published 3 days ago by Kieran McInerney
4.0 out of 5 stars like name of cd great
with all those great musicians you could not go wrong ,great songs great cd anything with jerry douglas is.i have all his solo cd and with union station.
Published 2 months ago by rainlover
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 years... never get tired of hearing this CD
Have been playing this CD over, and over, and over since 1990.

Everyone I share it with buys it and does the same.
You just can't get tired of it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by KLash
4.0 out of 5 stars Good listening
I enjoyed listening to all this talent on one record. Perhaps you should give it a try. There it is.
Published 9 months ago by I. Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful
This is a delightful CD - chock full of the stuff Jerry and friends do best. I do recommend this disk
Published 9 months ago by Steve Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Amazing Mix of Songs & Musicians!
The artists on this recording are considered to be the very best at their respective instruments. There is the feel of musical perfection here! Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Collection
I was in a dobro phase and was not disappointed. The appeal is much broader than hardcore dobro lovers and bluegrass fans.
Published 15 months ago by J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Telluride
Item just as described. Very fast shipment & packaged very well. Would highly recommend everyone to use in the future.
Published 19 months ago by mrs leslie t cox
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love strings...
It's a shame that they never got together again to release another album. If you're a string music fan this will definitely be a favorite, not just for some of the best ever... Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by debe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, at least I like it!
Saw specials on Lonesome Pine and Austin City Limits (on PBS)of these folks way back... I think late 1980's? Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by klaatu
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