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Edgar Meyer

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In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Mr. Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. As a solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff featuring Bottesini’s Gran Duo with Joshua Bell, Meyer’s own Double Concerto for Bass and Cello with Yo-Yo Ma, Bottesini’s Bass Concerto No

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But Who's Gonna Play The Melody?

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Green Slime; Barnyard Disturbance; Bebop, of Course; Bass Duo #1; Solar; Canon; Philly Slop; Interlude #1; FRB 2DB; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; Bass Duo #2; Lullaby for a Ladybug; Days of Wine and Roses; Interlude #2; Tennessee Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by Doug Collette


As much as master banjoist Bela Fleck loves to play, he loves to perform with other like-minded musicians virtually as much. Consequently, in addition to his long-standing role as leader of The Flecktones ensemble, he has continued to explore his love of the bluegrass music by which he first made a name for himself, My Bluegrass ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Lizz Wright, Nick Finzer, Monty Alexander, And More

Read "New Music From Lizz Wright, Nick Finzer, Monty Alexander, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Featured on this show are new releases from Lizz Wright, Nick Finzer, Monty Alexander, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows, Stuart Mack, Rachel Z, Michael Wolff Mike Clark and Leon Lee Dorsey, David Benoit, Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer, Cassie Kinoshi's Seed, Trio HLK, John Lurie, Julieta Eugenio, Die Beren Gieren, and Rajesh Mehta's Sky Cage ...

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Article: Album Review

Christian McBride, Edgar Meyer: But Who's Gonna Play The Melody?

Read "But Who's Gonna Play The Melody?" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It is not known exactly how many duets of this nature have fallen into the lackluster bin of audio history. But rest assured that But Who's Gonna Play The Melody? is as far from that incalculable number as the moon is from the sun. Emblematic of Christian McBride's whole groove credo, everything falls into ...

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As We Speak

Label: Thirty Tigers
Released: 2023
Track listing: Motion; The B Tune; Tradewinds Bengali; J Bhai; Rickety Karma; 1980; Owl's Misfortune; Pashto; Hidden Lake; Beast in the Garden; Conundrum; As We Speak.

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Article: Album Review

Bela Fleck: As We Speak

Read "As We Speak" reviewed by Doug Collette


As We Speak is an emphatic continuation of banjoist Bela Fleck's eclectic adventures dating back to his high school days. It is thus only fitting that this LP's title alludes to the ongoing artistic process wherein creativity can ensue, virtually non-stop, no matter what other dialogue(s) might be going on at the time. In ...

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S'Low Down

Label: Vix Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ready, Set, Slow; Home Bass; The Chrome Addict; Mess That Up?; Ping Pong; Oh Tell Billy; Patchwork; Silent Night In Tunisia; Just-in Time; S’Low Down.

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Article: Album Review

Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate: The Ripple Effect

Read "The Ripple Effect" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Ripple Effect is the coup de grace of Bela Fleck's ten year-plus excursion into the African roots of his chosen instrument of the banjo, originally titled Throw Down Your Heart (Rounder, 2009). Part of a larger set comprised of both video and audio on DVD/CD, The Complete Africa Sessions (Craft Recordings, 2020), these ten concert ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Douglas: There's Wisdom Everywhere in the Universe

Read "Dave Douglas: There's Wisdom Everywhere in the Universe" reviewed by Dave Wayne


We're republishing this June 2013 in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Dave Douglas's Greenleaf Music record label. When All About Jazz last spoke with trumpeter, multi-bandleader, teacher, composer, marathon runner, podcaster, and record label head honcho Dave Douglas in November, 2011, he was in the Ukraine on the last leg of a ...


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