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Meetings With Remarkable Friends
Artie Traum
Meetings With Remarkable Friends
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
 
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Artie Traum does, indeed, draw upon some talented pals for this instrumental collection, recruiting the likes of Adrian Belew, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, and the Band's Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson to sit in on...  more »

      
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All Artists: Artie Traum
Title: Meetings With Remarkable Friends
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Label: Narada
Original Release Date: 2/23/1999
Release Date: 2/23/1999
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724384695729, 724384695743, 724384695750

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Artie Traum does, indeed, draw upon some talented pals for this instrumental collection, recruiting the likes of Adrian Belew, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, and the Band's Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson to sit in on the sessions. Such cohorts and Traum's own distinguished career as a sideman, composer, and guitar teacher prompt one to anticipate an updating of that old Woodstock sound with flashes of folk and blues mixed in for grit. Meetings, however, is a foray into adult instrumental territory. The playing is, of course, sterling, but with the exception of a few flashes (Jay Unger's moody violin on "Catskill Thunder," Hudson's trademark organ excursion on "Yankee Swamp"), it errs on the polite side. The nicest moment comes with the coda, "Early Frost," a lovely guitar duet with Artie's brother, Happy. Makes one think that maybe a few of those remarkable friends should've sat this one out. --Steven Stolder

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Inspired writing, gorgeous playing, excellent sound
03/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Forget all that stuff about "adult instrumental" and "errs on the polite side." So did Mozart, Schubert, Ellington, even Miles Davis in the Birth of the Cool and Kind of Blue days. I love this CD. It's beautiful. Traum's compositions are elegant, mature, satisfying as great French cooking. And his friends cook, maybe politely, but what's wrong with politeness? If you want your food crude and served rude, go to Denny's. You people with good taste, to you I recommend this record -- highly!"
A remarkable collection of music and musicians
04/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a tour de force of acoustic music! It touches on so many genres and Artie is equally at home with all of them. From the world-beat/blues of "Long Journey" to the folky(with John Sebastian on harp and guitar)"Fourteen Turtles" to the very hip atmospherics of Traum and Adrian Belew on "Mean Low Water" this CD is good, really good.Also check out the duet with Lawrence Juber, his stunning work with Sam Bush and Bela Fleck, Traum's "swamp-romp" with The Band and the closing duet with bro Happy... For fans of great, inventive, melodic, fun acoustic music...this CD is perfect!"
Just Beautiful.
Jonathan Lyness | New York, NY United States | 07/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Simply put, one of the best, most evocative instrumental albums I've ever heard. Anyone who thinks this kind of music is "light" or "dull" will change their mind after listening to this passionate & often haunting music."