Review : Jerry Douglas - Traveler
ExaminerJerry Douglas' "Traveler" - out June 26th - is a masterpiece of Dobro diversity. Douglas, considered the "King of Dobro" and winner of thirteen Grammy awards, is joined at various times on this musical journey by some stellar traveling companions including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Bela Fleck, Dr. John, Alison Krauss, Marc Cohen, Mumford and Sons, Keb' Mo' and...more. Another Grammy Award winner, Russ Titelman, produced the album.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Titelman. Because "Traveler" covers a much broader spectrum than Douglas' previous work, I was interested in how an album of this ilk was conceived and evolved. It certainly extends far beyond Nashville and Bluegrass since it includes covers of music ranging from American's Man for All Musical Seasons, Paul Simon, to the inclusion of music by jazz great Chick Corea....full text
Bluegrass TodayEven though the numerous sounds on Traveler may seem like they shouldn’t fit together, Douglas and his group of guest artists have created a cohesive album, with the different styles helping to keep the album fresh. Peaceful sounding folk tunes such as The Boxer, written by Paul and Simon and featuring British folk rock group Mumford and Sons sit alongside the jazzy piano and horns of blues numbers like High Blood Pressure.
The album also includes several pieces with a bluegrass influence, like the mandolin/dobro tune Duke and Cookie, composed and performed by Douglas and Bush. Fans of more traditional bluegrass will enjoy the album’s closing track, King Silkie, which was co-written by Douglas and Dan Tyminksi and is driven by Douglas’s dobro and Charlie Cushman’s banjo.
Though most bluegrass fans will recognize Douglas’s expertise on the dobro (he has been named “Musician of the Year” eleven times from the ACM and three times from the CMA), he also shows his skills on the lap steel, particularly with the original instrumental tune So Here We Are. Composed with Viktor Krauss and Omar Hakim, who play bass and drums on the track respectively, the song features amazing solos which seem to have a bit of an ’80s rock influence....full text
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