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Edgar Meyer: Edgar Meyer *

Track List

>First Things First, for double bass & piano
>Roundabout, for double bass, piano, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & dobro
>Interlude 1, for piano
>Please Don't Feed the Bear, for double bass, banjo, gamba, mandolin & acoustic guitar
>Whatever, for double bass, piano, acoustic mandolin & acoustic guitar
>In Hindsight, for double bass, piano, acoustic guitar, acoustic mandolin & gamba
>Interlude 2, for double bass, piano & dobro
>Low Road, for double bass, gamba & acoustic mandolin, The
>Just As I Thought, for double bass, piano, plucked & bowed gamba, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & banjo
>Catch and Release, for double bass, piano, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & gamba
>Interlude 3, for double bass, acoustic guitar & acoustic mandolin
>Woody Creek, for bowed & plucked double bass, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & gamba
>Degree of Separation, for double bass & piano
>Interlude 4. for double bass, piano & gamba

Album Notes

Personnel: Edgar Meyer (guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, piano).

Liner Note Author: Edgar Meyer.

Recording information: Nashville, TN.

Photographer: Richard Battaglia.

Arranger: Edgar Meyer.

It's a rare thing when a performer is able to accurately write his own review, but Edgar Meyer has done it succinctly in the liner notes for this eponymously titled solo album. "This music is an indulgence of sorts," he writes, "combining elements of expertise with exploration and occasional moments of pure naïveté." That just about sums up this one-man show. Conceived in the sparkling-new music room of the multi-talented instrumentalist's Nashville home, Meyer plays all the instruments himself, centering on grand piano and double bass but also tackling a variety of stringed instruments (mandolin, dobro, guitar, banjo, gamba) mostly borrowed from his celebrated colleagues. Meyer makes no pretensions about virtuosity on anything other than the double bass, which gets the most difficult parts and growls and plunks impressively in the mix. His piano scarcely rises above the new age standard of soft-focused meditation, and his work on the other instruments is just deft enough to get the modest job done. Some of the music is pre-composed. Some of it is made up on the spot, layer upon layer. All of it falls inconveniently within the cracks of several American and European genres of acoustic music -- as has been Meyer's habit in past projects. Little of it makes any connection with an attentive listener on anything beyond an ambient level. Throwing together a bunch of instruments in an informal home setting is something that a gifted melodist like Paul McCartney has engagingly pulled off, but Meyer's project just sounds like aimless self-jamming in the living room. ~ Richard S. Ginell


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