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Quartet (CD)
Alison Brown, believe it or not, is a five-string banjo player. The rest of her quartet is a standard jazz ensemble consisting of piano, bass, and drums, and you can be confident that there's nary a bluegrass lick anywhere on this album. Like her compadre B la Fleck (to whom she must be absolutely sick of being compared), Brown figured out some time ago that the banjo is a fully chromatic instrument with every bit as much melodic flexibility as a guitar, and that its clear, crisp tone is perfectly suited to jazz. It works especially well as a bebop instrument, which Brown demonstrates on this album's opening track, the rollicking, Charlie Parker-ish "G Bop." It also works pretty well as a cool jazz instrument, which Brown demonstrates on the album's second track, the loping, Bill Evans-ish "Red Balloon." This sort of stylistic variety is grist for Brown's mill, but it doesn't always work in her favor: "My Favorite Marsha" (one of several tracks on which she switches to guitar) is nice but borders on new acoustic sappiness -- her guitar playing is good but not exceptional. However, "Without Anastasia" draws nicely on classical influences without sounding pedantic, and "Banjo Mambo (Revisited)" is a very fun Latin romp. ~ Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
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Liknande artister: BILL MONROE
Type: CD
Recorded: 1996
Release Date: 1996-02-13
Country: US
Item No: VAN79486.2
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Track List
01 G bop - 3:10
02 The red balloon - 3:00
03 My favorite marsha - 3:56
04 Mambo banjo (revisited) - 3:45
05 Without anastasia - 3:11
06 Song of monterrey - 4:53
07 Minding rupert - 3:18
08 The wonderful sea voyage (of holy st. brendan) - 4:07
09 Hello mendocino! - 3:59
10 The day sweeps back - 3:16
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