Scratchin' The Surface

Gordon Stone

(ALC 122)

Alcazar Productions
PO Box 429 S. Main St.
Waterbury, Vt 05676

A review for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
By Jim Zimmersheid

This is a banjo instrumental album featuring the talents of Gordon Stone. The music on this album is neither traditional bluegrass nor old time music. Mr. Stone draws from a variety of musical genres - some of the numbers are progressive bluegrass, some jazz and some draw on classical music. All are well done.

The variety makes for an enjoyable listening experience. The progressive bluegrass numbers include: "Bring Em Back Alive", "Four, Five, Six", "Chicken Hill" and my favorite piece on the album - "Half Creek". For the jazz oriented there are: "Well You Needn't", "Scratchin' the Surface", "Monkey Wrench", "Scrapple from the Apple", " Blue Landing" and "Candy Apple". The classical (almost) numbers are "Tamaracks" and "American Banjo Dream".

Ten of the tunes are Gordon Stone originals. This album was previously released in 1981 and is now appearing on CD. The sound quality is excellant.

While this type of album might turn off a die hard traditional bluegrasser, it will appeals to those who want to hear the dynamics of the five string banjo in other musical settings. Gordon Stone is a very accomplished player and as the saying goes "whatever he is playing sounds good."

Edited by RM Arnold

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
It may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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