Look Left

Look Left

by Alison BrownAlison Brown


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Five-string banjoist Alison Brown deftly incorporates Cajun, Celtic, Caribbean, and Native American music into her progressive bluegrass sound, making for a cleanly played set that's as crisp as white sheets on a springtime clothesline. "View From Above" is a shuffling, lightly jazzed number that plays Brown's banjo off of steel pans, while the title track glides along on a cloud that's more substantive than adult contemporary, but still palatable to that audience with its tasteful soprano sax. Look Left was written as an experiment, bringing the banjo into new musical environments, so Brown's whimsical style hurdling isn't really out of place. On the contrary, it's handled with an unforced grace by all the musicians involved, so nothing ever seems like a bad fit. Wood flute adds real atmosphere to "The Red Earth," while accordion, fiddle, and even a didgeridoo all weave their way into the album's modernistic sound. Seamus Egan's uilleann pipes work particularly well on "Cara's Way/[The Little People]," which crosses a traditional reel with jammy bluegrass for something truly unique.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/1994
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707947725
catalogNumber: 79477
Rank: 112644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Brown   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar
Seamus Egan   Drums,Pipe,Whistle (Instrument),Penny Whistle
Bill Miller   Flute,Wood Flute
Sam Bacco   Percussion
John Burr   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Alan Dargin   Didjeridu
Joey Dukes   Drums
Matt Eakle   Flute
David Hoffner   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Andy Marell   Steel Pan
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Paul McCandless   Soprano Saxophone
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Scott Mygaard   Guitar
Rick Reed   Percussion,Drums
Gary West   Bass
Jeff King   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Andy Narell   Sound Effects
Gary West   Arranger,Producer
Garry West   Arranger,Producer

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