Short Trip Home
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Bassist-composer Edgar Meyer is no stranger to genre "crossover"--he's created moving string quartet works, recorded a classical album with bluegrass greats, and, of course, earned his chops on the folk scene. But Short Trip Home, Meyer's collaboration with violinist Joshua Bell (and bluegrass musicians Sam Bush and Mike Marshall), might be one of his most effective projects yet--a successful mix of bluegrass, improv jamming, and chamber music. The lovely title track is a moving, solitary piece, with Joshua Bell doing most of the lyrical work. "BP" is as close to a bluegrass jam as anything on this disc, with Bell's fiddle, the duo mandolins, and Meyer's bass all working together in a syncopated frenzy. "Death by Triple Fiddle" ends this disc on a thundering note--a "breakdown" if ever there was one. If you loved Meyer's work with Yo-Yo Ma on Appalachian Waltz, or perhaps just want to hear one very sublime, genre-fusing take on Americana themes, this disc is perfect for you. --Jason Verlinde
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Have you ever wondered where they get those great musical interludes on PBS or NPR? Quite often the answer is this ensemble, or some portion thereof in yet another great and genre bending band. Sam Bush is known to many as a long time member of the traveling virtuosos that were New Grass Revival, and Marshall can play mandolin with anyone. Neither could be called a mindless picker by anyone but a closed-minded clod. There is a depth and discipline to their bodies of work that would make any cultured person take note whether or not their source genre, bluegrass, appeals to a particular person's sensibility. On this recording, they alternate between solid foundation rhythms, melodies that will stay with you like a winter's remembrance of sun on your back, and beautiful harmonies. However, those of you who have never seen the country from anything but a car window need not fear. I'm not much of a country fan, and this is not a bluegrass recording. Meyer and Bell on, respectively, bass and violin, bring the sensibilities of modern classical music to bear. The recording includes thoughtful chamber compositions, but it is not really a classical recording. There are several songs that are most akin to one genre or another, but this recording defies description as anything but one of the most stirring, fundamentally original, thoroughgoingly American voices to have ever spoken. You can hear the simple and sometimes mournful echoes of Scottish and Irish immigrants from times as distant as the nineteenth century, and listen as these voices blend with the less structured, less melodic, and more troubled voices of our own times.
If you are someone who digs in every musical crevice looking for something fresh and tasteful, this is a musical truffle. I own a large collection of music. Nothing is played by me more often than this. Some songs, like "BT", are on play lists that consist of bouncy and upbeat amalgams of folk and jazz, others are on my lists for rainy days spent with a cup of tea and a good book. If you buy this recording, you will know why the book is often set aside. This is a recording that sometimes warrants turning off the lights and looking over the water, allowing both to absorb me.
This last point cannot be overstated. For both Yo-Yo Ma elsewhere and Joshua Bell on this disc, Meyer has created music that has the freshness and immediacy of improvisation without actually being so. The piece de resistance on this disc is of course "Death by Triple Fiddle," and I expect that this track will keep the album on the charts. But it is actually the more ruminative tracks, such as the title tune and "If I Knew," which I personally favor, largely because everyone in the group is much more in his element in these. Truth to tell, after repeated hearings of "Death by Triple Fiddle," the sense I get is that Sam Bush and Mike Marshall are great fiddlers in their own right, and Josh Bell's lines in this (virtuosic as they are) eventually start to wear thin because he can't quite get into the swing of the whole thing. It is as if the correct "feel" for hot-licks newgrass fusion as envisioned by Meyer et al is something that needs to be acquired at an early age, as would also be the case for the proper feel for jazz or the blues; it is not something is readily picked up by an already-mature artist.
In a thematic sense, this album is at the intersection of two earlier Meyer albums, "Uncommon Ritual" (with Marshall and Bela Fleck, the "Bartok of the banjo") and "Strength in Numbers" (with Bush and Fleck, as well as that fiddler par excellence, Mark O'Connor, and Jerry Douglas on dobro. If "Short Trip Home" catches your fancy, you owe it to yourself to try these two earlier endeavors, because the riches are deeper and longer lasting. They are both available at Amazon.com.
A parting note if you are thinking that this as the first legitimate crossover CD ever: It's a nice thought, but the facts speak otherwise. More than twenty years ago, the late, great flutist Jean Pierre Rampal made an album with Claude Bolling, playing Bolling's "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano." This album was on the Billboard charts for nearly ten years! And even that album may not have been the first ever, particularly if one is to include any piece of classical music that makes the "top ten." But I'm glad that this Edgar Meyer work has opened doors for you. He has a way of doing just that, and in fact did it for me.