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New Deal [Tony Trischka]

  • 1. Earl's Breakdown
    2. 44
    3. Big Papa Rides Again
    4. Northern Falling
    5. Hand Me My Banjo Down
    6. Miracle Man
    7. Quasi Qoto
    8. Fair Lawn Justice
    9. Arizona
    10. Baby's in the Cradle
    11. Hymn For Dreams That Don't Come True, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 610 493

  • Credits
    ProducerCookie Merenco

    Tony Trischka Band includes: Tony Trischka (pedal steel guitar, banjo); Rolf Sturm (vocals, guitar); Michael Amendola (saxophone); Bob Bowen (bass); Scott Newman (drums).
    Additional personnel: David Johansen, Loudon Wainwright III, Jennifer Kimball (vocals).
    Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, New Jersey. Includes liner notes by Tony Trischka.
    Tony Trischka has been a banjo innovator since his earliest recordings in the 1970s. He is widely credited -- usually in tandem with fellow pioneering stylist Bill Keith -- with inventing the "melodic" style of bluegrass banjo playing, an approach which focuses on chromatic lines rather than the rhythmic arpeggios of Scruggs-style picking. On New Deal, Trischka continues to push the envelope, gathering around himself a band that includes saxophone, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, and playing tunes that range from jazzy adaptations of bluegrass standards (such as the group's arrangement of "Earl's Breakdown") to original blues compositions that prominently feature slide banjo ("Hand Me My Banjo Down") and even a sort of faux-Pacific Rim fusion ("Quasi Qoto"). The most technically impressive number is saxophonist Michael Amendola's "Miracle Man," a fiery workout written specifically for Trischka, but the most musically revelatory moments come during "Hand Me My Banjo Down," on which Trischka plays a resophonic banjo and demonstrates once and for all that the five-string banjo is a natural blues instrument. (Note also Loudon Wainwright's fine vocal cameo on that track.) Bluegrass purists will find much to sniff at on this album, but this is a treasure trove for roots music aficionados with adventurous tastes. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (8/03, p.63) - "...The rhythm section of percussionist Scott Newman and bassist Bob Bowen holds the disc together, making all of the selections swing agreeably..."
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