CD Replay [Alison Brown] (CD 995640),
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Replay [Alison Brown]

  • 1. Red Balloon
    2. Lorelei
    3. Late on Arrival
    4. Daytime TV
    5. My Favorite Marsha
    6. Spiderman Theme
    7. Wonderful Sea Voyage, The (Of Holy St. Brendan)
    8. Without Anastasia
    9. Inspector, The
    10. Chicken Road
    11. G Bop
    12. touffe Brutus?
    13. Shoot the Dog
    14. Mambo Banjo
    15. Promise of Spring, The - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4321

  • Credits
    ProducerGarry West
    EngineerTim Carter; Dave Sinko; Tim Carter

    Personnel includes: Alison Brown (guitar, banjo); John R. Burr (piano); Garry West (bass); Kendrick Freeman (drums).
    Recorded at Sound Emporium, Flying Lady, Naughty Pine Studios, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Parke Puterbaugh.
    Personnel: Alison Brown (guitar, banjo); John Burr (piano); Kendrick Freeman (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Dave Sinko.
    Photographer: Fred Hayes.
    While Alison Brown has received credit for her banjo innovations, she's often been crowded out by hotshot picker Bela Fleck. That's unfortunate, because there's more than enough room for two pioneering banjo players, and besides, both players have different gifts to offer. First of all, the Alison Brown Quartet approaches acoustic jazz from a different, perhaps more traditional, standpoint than Fleck & the Flecktones. Brown's banjo vies with John R. Burr's piano for fancy lead work, while both are superbly backed by bassist Garry West and drummer Kendrick Freeman. While the band doesn't mind playing lighter pieces like "The Wonderful Sea Voyage" and "My Favorite Marsha," they can also kick out the bluegrass jams on a cut like "Late on Arrival." This makes the unit more muscular than the Flecktones. Burr's piano also adds lots of energy, whether bopping along on "Etouffee Brutus?" or laying down bluesy ragtime on "Shoot the Dog." West and Freeman's ability to conquer every style from good old mountain music to Brazilian rhythms assures that the band moves forward with one voice. The band also displays a healthy sense of humor on "Spiderman Theme," a tune that'll have the listener climbing the walls, while a more serious side takes over on "Without Anastasia," a piece resembling a Bach fugue. It would be remiss to not mention "Daytime TV" and "The Inspector," two pieces jumping with spontaneous energy and featuring some great guitar work by Brown. One may not be able to please all of the fans all of the time, but Replay should please most of Alison Brown's fans most of the time. The Alison Brown Quartet distinguish themselves from competitors by building a solid musical framework and taking flight from there. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (5/02, pp.114,116) - "...A deeply satisfying recording that is filled with intelligent, well-considered and very appealing music."
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