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Lookout for Hope
Genres: Country, Pop
Jerry Douglas, who's most often heard adding lustrous Dobro lines to Alison Krauss's Union Station and umpteen country and pop records, uses his periodic solo albums to stretch the stylistic boundaries of steel strings and... more »
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Jerry Douglas, who's most often heard adding lustrous Dobro lines to Alison Krauss's Union Station and umpteen country and pop records, uses his periodic solo albums to stretch the stylistic boundaries of steel strings and a slide bar. Lookout for Hope begins on a sweetly familiar note with a multitracked Dobro arrangement of Duane Allman's ever-popular "Little Martha," then ventures toward bluegrass, bebop, and points between and beyond. On many tracks, drums and even a dash of saxophone enhance the core acoustic string sounds, and low-key vocal cameos from Maura O'Connell ("Footsteps Fall") and James Taylor ("The Suit") offer a nice changeup from the high-powered instrumental action. Most intriguing is the title track (written by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell), in which the interlocking mandolin chops of Sam Bush and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile create a hypnotic groove that Douglas, guitarist Bryan Sutton, and Phish's Trey Anastasio ride into a 10-minute space jam. --Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
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Yawn - avoid this dull solo effort
schmoogie | Tampa, Florida | 11/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I feel really bad about this review. Jerry Douglas is a talented musician who has brought joy to the ears of countless listeners. When it comes to the 'A' list of dobro players, it's short -he's the only guy on it (since Cal Harris is still undiscovered). Douglas' twelve Grammys confirm this greatness. Almost all of the happiness that he has spread has been in the capacity as an accompanist. That written, he should stick to being an accompanist since his own musical vision is not worth sharing. As with his live shows, "Lookout for Hope" is bland and uninspiring. You'll be sadly disappointed if you're looking for the quality of music that Douglas plays with the likes of Sam Bush and Tony Rice. I came to this disc as an Americana enthusiast and a Frisellian; 'Lookout for Hope' is after all a Bill Frisell song. Jerry Douglas played on "Nashville," one of Bill's greatest albums. Even though Douglas jams out the title track, it somehow manages to get old quickly. The song writing is mediocre and with the exception of the title track, the song selection is unrewarding. Appreciate Douglas' incredible contributions as an accompanist but avoid this dull solo effort."
frmertd202 | Lake George, MO | 08/12/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I think the world of Jerry DOuglas. I am a diehard bluegrasser. Unfortunately, he plays best as backup on other people's albums. I've bought a few of his own, and I hate to say but they stink. better to get him on someone elses album (like bryan sutton or tony rice, etc. ) than his own."