NOAM PIKELNY 'Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe' COMP-4616-CD

NOAM PIKELNY 'Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe' COMP-4616-CD

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ÊMr. PikelnyÑone of todayÕs group of young acoustic music whizzesÑ has put together a fascinating record here that is at the same time a) a tribute to Monroe, the father of Bluegrass, b) a tribute to one of the great fiddlers of all time, and c) a testament to the superb banjo playing of Pikelny himself. ItÕs a clever idea that works out beautifully, thanks to the taste and stunning technique of Pikelny (as well as the talents of four other stellar pickers: Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Bryan Sutton (guitar), Mike Bub (Bass) and Stuart DuncanÑwho does a masterful job in capturing the essence of Kenny BakerÕs fiddling. The record is based on the classic ÒKenny Baker Plays Bill MonroeÓ album that came out originally in 1976 on the County label as an LP (itÕs still available as a CD (COUNTY-2708, $ 13.99). As an interesting aside, the dozen tunes appear in the exact same order as on the Baker recording! While sometimes the improvised excursions into ÒprogressiveÓ territory seem distracting and inappropriate, for the most part there is so much great playing hereÑboth from Pikelny and his accompanistsÑthat that is a minor complaint. Pikelny does a neat job of adapting BakerÕs fiddle lines to his own banjo style that combines melodic and straight Scruggs style in its takes on the melodies. The record is also a great reminder of just how many great tunes Bill Monroe composedÑevery piece here is a classic! ThereÕs a lot here for any Bluegrass musicianÑespecially banjo pickersÑand Noam couldnÕt have picked better sidemen than appear here. Tunes include CHEYENNE, BIG SANDY RIVER, ROAD TO COLUMBUS, ASHLAND BREAKDOWN, LONESOME MOONLIGHT WALTZ.

Artists:

  • MIKE BUB
  • STUART DUNCAN
  • RONNIE MCCOURY
  • BRYAN SUTTON

Track Listing:

  • ROAD TO COLUMBUS
  • BROWN COUNTY BREAKDOWN
  • LONESOME MOONLIGHT WALTZ
  • JERUSALEM RIDGE
  • MONROE'S HORNPIPE
  • CHEYENNE
  • BIG SANDY RIVER
  • STONEY LONESOME
  • MISSISSIPPI WALTZ
  • WHEEL HOSS
  • FIDDLER'S PASTIME
  • ASHLAND BREAKDOWN