CD Blueprint [Natalie MacMaster] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 145591),
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Blueprint [Natalie MacMaster] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Blast, A
    2. Appropriate Dipstick
    3. Jig Party
    4. Touch of the Master's Hand
    5. Eternal Friendship
    6. Gravel Shore
    7. Devil and the Dirk
    8. Ewe With the Crooked Horn, The
    9. Josefin's Waltz
    10. Bela's Tune
    11. Silver Spear
    12. Minnie & Alex's Reel
    13. My Love, Cape Breton and Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 617 056

  • Credits
    ProducerDarol Anger; Natalie MacMaster
    EngineerDave Sinko

    Personnel: Natalie MacMaster (vocals, fiddle); John Cowan, Kate Quinn (vocals); Brad Davidge, Gordie Sampson (guitar); Bela Fleck (banjo); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Sam Bush (mandolin); Darol Anger (violin); Matt MacIsaac (whistle, pipes); Tracey Dares, Philip Aaberg (piano); John Burr (synthesizer); Victor Wooten, Byron House, Edgar Meyer (bass); Larry Atamanuik (drums); Sam Bacco (percussion).
    Recorded at The Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee in May 2002.
    While Natalie MacMaster has carved out her reputation mining Cape Breton fiddle traditions, Blueprint finds her combining her forceful style with contemporary acoustic music. This merging of genres takes place on a couple of levels. "A Blast," "Appropriate Dipstick," and "Jig Party" stick close to traditional themes, even though the presence of a full band drives these pieces forward at a propulsive rate. "Eternal Friendship" is quieter, augmenting MacMaster's melodic fiddle with piano and dobro. Tradition, however, gets pretty much tossed out the window on "A Touch of the Master's Hand," with John Cowan wailing over a full drum kit, thumping bass, and fiery fiddle. While no other cut pushes the sonic boundaries this far, MacMaster and her bandmates do delve into new acoustic music on "Gravel Shore," classical on "Devil and the Dirk," and progressive Celtic on "Minnie & Alex's Reel." It's easy to credit the high-profile guest list -- Bla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Victor Wooten -- for the project's success, but that's only partly true. Too many instrumental albums begin sounding the same by the third cut, and quickly fade into the background. MacMaster finds her way around this conundrum by mixing eclectic material, inspired musicianship, and her commanding style to make Blueprint an exciting and fun album. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

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