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CD Review: EDDIE ADCOCK - Vintage Banjo Jam

Vintage Banjo Jam
Los Dedos - Downtown Boogie - Theme from 'Exodus' - Country Gentleman - Warm and Windy - Banjo Bop - Camptown Races - Meet Mister Callaghan - Darling Nellie Bly - Eddie To The Rescue - The Waltz You Saved For Me - Blowing Bubbles - Virginia Bluebell
Eddie Adcock is an old friend of mine.  Not necessarily 'old' but young at heart, but 'old' meaning a long time friend.  We go back quite a few years, and Eddie Adcock, at least in my mind is still one of the best 5-string banjo players in the field.  He was already that when he played with the Country Gentlemen in Washington D.C.  This particular re-release goes back a few years too.  It was recorded in 1963, and is  being re-released on Patuxent Music, which has enough brains and knowledge of the business to know and realize this particular recording session is an absolute necessity in the library of anyone who appreciates 5-string banjo playing.  When this amazing recording was made, Eddie was the banjo genius behind the Country Gentlemen.  It's wasn't the Gentlemen that backed him on this amazing recording.  The guitarist is none other than Pete Kuykendall who went on to create, establish, and publish 'Bluegrass Unlimited' magazine.  He was also the recording studio and the engineer on this reproduction.  On the bass is Tom Gray, and Barry Worrell is on drums.  Obviously this wasn't intended to be a strictly 'bluegrass' project.  In 1963, Eddie Adcock was trying to impress Chet Atkins in Nashville.  Chet was impressed, that's for sure, but he didn't know what to do with this kind of project.  Patuxent Records certainly know what to do with this exceptional project done way way before it's time. That's the way it is with exceptional music.  The creative music maker functions before he gets to where he's going.  This is the most tasteful recording I've ever heard a banjo player place before the public.  "Warm And Windy" is an exciting adventure into the sound of the banjo in totally unexplored regions of music.  I believe Eddie Adcock is the only banjo player still living that could make that trek and make it not only acceptable but totally unique.  And then to take us back in time, far back in time and perform a note-perfect version of 'Camptown Races,' including his own signature abilities. You don't hear that much in today's music, even in really good bluegrass music.  Eddie kept his banjo going on several 'old-time' songs, also done just as well, but in such a way to bring new life to old songs, and do it so incredibly likable.  I dare any banjo enthusiast to listen to the note-perfect song "Eddie To The Rescue" and find any slip.  It doesn't exist.   And please don't say a beautiful waltz can't be played on the banjo!  Eddie Adcock does exactly that on "The Waltz You Saved For Me" including the additional minor chords that make it sound so beautiful.  I can't say it any better than the promo folks who also listen to this kind of music...."Astonishingly, in his long and historic career this is the only true solo banjo album that Eddie has yet made, a particularly extraordinary fact given his pervading musical influence embedded firmly in the bluegrass genre.  Yet as he continues to choose to ignore musical boundaries, still his inspiration of others has only grown as his own music continues to evolve."  Off this magnificent CD goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission who will undoubtedly scratch their heads, much like Chet Atkins, and then do the unheard of.....give him a CD of the Year Award.  I have my fingers crossed.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres. of National Traditional Country Music Assn.   www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International

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