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Sam Bush has this to say about Stuart Duncan, perennial IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Fiddler of the Year: "Stuart Duncan plays a variety of instruments in a style fully realized and does it to sublime p... more »
Sam Bush has this to say about Stuart Duncan, perennial IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Fiddler of the Year: "Stuart Duncan plays a variety of instruments in a style fully realized and does it to sublime perfection. I'm always amazed at his timing, tone, taste, and how in tune he plays (which to a musician is like pitching a perfect game). Stuart is a red hot fiddler, mandolinist, singer, writer, and, best of all, a person who has fun doing this. He's been referred to as a wonderboy who knows a lot of flashy licks and there are plenty of hot licks on this disc. But with those improvisations come striking melodies and a sense of maturity without the usual cliches."
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Stu-Bob Is The Master
a fiddler | boston, ma | 12/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"More people know the name of Bela Fleck than Stuart Duncan, but, without taking anything away from Bela, it should really be the other way around. Stuart sort of took the reins from Mark O'Connor (another brilliant and better-known fiddler) in the late 80s, and no one has seriously challenged him since. This record gives you a snapshot of Stuart's playing when he was about halfway to his peak -- thing is, Stuart halfway to his peak is still better than any other fiddler, and he hasn't even peaked yet, he just keeps getting better. There's great musicians on this record -- Bela, Sam, Vic Wooten and particularly David Grier doing some killer stuff -- and the tunes are inventive. Highlights for me are Stuart's "G Forces," which grinds that seventh chord wonderfully into your brain, and the David Mallett song, "Summer of my Dreams." Instrumentalists of any kind, pick this record up."