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Stolen Moments [Alison Brown]
1. Sound of Summer Running, The
2. Magnificent Seven, The
3. Homeward Bound
4. Pirate Queen, The
7. McIntyre Heads South
8. One Morning in May
9. (I'm Naked and I'm) Going to Glasgow
10. Prayer Wheel
11. Musette for a Palindrome
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4400
Alison Brown; Gary West; Alison Brown
Personnel: Alison Brown (banjo); Emily Saliers, Chapman, Amy Ray (vocals); Mike Marshall (guitar, mandolin); Sam Bush (mandolin); Andrea Zonn, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Max E. Pad (piano); Garry West (bass instrument); Kenny Malone (drums); John Doyle (guitar); John Burr (piano).
Audio Mixer: Dave Sinko.
Recording information: Compass Sound Studio, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Kristin Barlowe.
Gifted, genre-hopping, and endlessly creative, Alison Brown has been endlessly compared to her male equivalent, Bla Fleck. While she shares the same broad view of bluegrass as well as the bottomless pit of talent, her warm, plucky, and distinctly melodic style of banjo playing is far more reminiscent of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band legend John McEuen. On Stolen Moments, the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist dishes up 11 slices of Celtic, jazz, and newgrass that effortlessly blend the rural with the contemporary. Brown may rely on numerous guests this time around (including Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan), but it's longtime collaborator John Burr's piano that she sounds most comfortable around -- the two converse with such fluidity on some of the jazzier numbers that they may as well have combined both instruments into one. Highlights include the Celtic-tinged "Magnificent Seven" and "Carrowkeel" (the latter features some fine low whistle playing from Seamus Egan), a refreshingly earnest cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" (sung by Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers), and a smoky rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" (sung by labelmate Beth Nielsen Chapman). However, the most alluring piece appears at the end of Stolen Moments; the self-penned mandolin, conga, and banjo-driven "Musette for a Palindrome" is so unlike anything else on the record that one can only hope that it's merely a teaser for the next. More like this please. ~ James Christopher Monger
Down Beat (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Brown showcases her masterly technique and obvious pleasure in picking those five strings, drawing on bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music..."
JazzTimes (p.89) - "[B]anjoist Alison Brown's new album offers 11 sweet and precisely metered slices of contemporary bluegrass, Celtic traditional music, light jazz and pop-country."
Dirty Linen (p.45) - "The CD enlists an impressive pool of her Nashville neighbors in the creation of Brown's most diverse, playful album to date."
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