Jerry Douglas: Lookout For Hope (2002)
Lately, the artist has been performing and touring with Alison Krauss’ popular “Union Station” band. However, with this release, Douglas crosses genres by tackling Duane Allman’s delightful “Little Martha,” coupled with a jazz-drenched and altogether climactic spin on Frisell’s “Lookout For Hope.” But there’s more, as Douglas and his band-mates engage in a few steaming hybrid jazz-bluegrass workouts, awash with polytonal characteristics and blazingly fast exchanges. Many of these pieces feature Douglas performing with guitarists, mandolinists and fiddlers, whereas pop crooner James Taylor provides his customary heartwarming choruses to the final track, “The Suit.” Meanwhile it’s Douglas’ silvery tone, impeccable timing and intricately articulated picking and slide work that sets him apart from most of his peers. There’s not one uninspiring or languid moment to be found, thanks to an abundance of engagingly memorable works that offer a variegated musical outlook. They cover a gamut of bluegrass-induced motifs, interjected with harmonious overtones and jazz tinged improvisations. While saxophonist Jeff Coffin provides a soulful touch and Douglas makes his dobro, weep and croon amid harmonious choruses on the dirge like ballad, “The Sinking Ship.” Nonetheless, this outing should enjoy widespread appeal, regardless of alleged or predetermined categorizations. A phenomenal effort it is!!! Feverishly recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Little Martha 2. Patrick Meets The Brickbats 3.Footsteps Fall 4.Monkey Let The Hogs Out 5.Lookout For Hope 6.Cave Bop 7.Senia
Personnel: Jerry Douglas: dobros
Record Label: Sugar Hill Records
Style: Beyond Jazz